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South Brunswick: BOE Gives Interim Superintendent McCartney $12K for New Super Search

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Dr. Gary McCartney, left, and retiring Business Administrator Anthony Tonzini at a recent Board of Education meeting. Credits: Charles W. Kim file photo
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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Board of Education approved $12,000 to GPM Consulting Monday night to find a new superintendent of schools.

GPM is a consulting business owned by Interim Superintendent Dr. Gary McCartney.

McCartney led the district from 2004-2014, followed by Dr. Jerry Jellig, who resigned in May under a cloud of allegations just two years into a five-year deal with the district.

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In that search, the board used the New Jersey School Boards Association to come up with Jellig as a finalist.

Board members have said, however, that the association and its representatives limited the amount of investigating members could do into the past of the applicants, citing privacy concerns and not wanting to let the districts they currently worked in know about the possibility that they would leave.

Jellig’s brief tenure brought conflicts with the South Brunswick Education Association teacher’s union as well as with parents and other community members.

SBEA President John Lolli spent several board meetings talking to the board about the problems, saying that the union “could no longer work” with Jellig going forward.

The union went as far as holding a rally in front of Crossroads North Middle School on May 9 as the board met in a two-hour executive session to determine Jellig’s fate.

The board brought McCartney back after Jellig resigned on May 23 to restore order and peace in the district.

Since leaving the district, Gov. Chris Christie tapped McCartney to oversee the troubled Atlantic City School District after a state takeover.

A veteran educator, with more than 30 years in the field, McCartney has won several awards during his career including superintendent of the year in his home state of Pennsylvania and other awards here in New Jersey.

Union members attending the board meeting cheered loudly when the board reappointed McCartney to lead the district on May 23.

McCartney’s appointment as interim superintendent is for one year.

 

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