ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle Board of Education addressed concerns over the long-running debacle with Alamo Insurance at its meeting on Monday.

Board President Reginald Atkins cited a recent NJ.com article stating “the board was investigating how it hired Alamo.”

“Because of the disparity with this issue, we almost didn’t get our folks renewed in July which put us really behind,” Atkins said. “Though it is not a problem for us, it seems that this firm is a problem for this particular school district as well.”

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Last year, the school board accepted an insurance consulting and brokerage contract with Alamo Insurance. Later it was found the contract had possible ties to former mayor Garret Smith, who may have been working for Alamo.

“To hear the news about Alamo, it was a little embarrassing to know that was even here in our district,” Board Vice-President Archange Antoine said. “It gives us a bigger picture of where we need to spend our dollars.”

Antoine praised members of the board for its work and “commitment to our kids.” Much of this work is reflected in the district’s HIB (Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying) scores, which track incidents both at school and off school grounds and the numbers of assemblies and education programs dedicating to spreading awareness.

“We did very good with our HIBs,” Superintendent Dr. Kevin West said. “We have a lot of interventions we do for our public school districts, numerous amounts of counseling programs, assembly programs.

The district-wide scores came out to 25 counts of violence, five counts of vandalism, one count of weapon possession, eight counts of drug/substance possession, and thirteen  HIBs, bringing the district’s score to fifty two.
“We integrated a lot of this HIB awareness into our regular curriculum of the school day,” said West.

The council also honored Kathleen Darnowski, who retired.

Kyle Lawrence is reporting this story as part of the journalism program at Kean University.