UNION, NJ - Amid rumors and speculation about the status of Corey Lowery, principal of Union High School, Superintendent Gregory Tatum assured the public at the Tuesday night Board of Education meeting that Lowery is still at the helm of the school.  It's been reported that Lowery has not been present since the first week of school.

“Mr. Tatum,” said one parent during public comment.  “There is a rumor I would like to address and get clarification.  I would like to know what the situation is with the principal at the high school.”

Board President Vito Nufrio interrupted, “I’m sorry, you cannot make comments about personnel.”

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“Ok,” said the parent.  “Then I would like to rephrase my question:  Does Union High School currently have a principal?” 

“Yes,” replied Tatum.

“They do have a principal?” asked the parent.

“Yes,” said Tatum.

“Am I able to know who the principal is?” asked the parent.

“Yes,” said Tatum.

“Who is it?” asked the parent.

“Currently the principal of Union High School is Mr. Lowery," answered Tatum.  "Currently, that’s who the principal happens to be.”

The parent said she and other parents are concerned and “that he [Lowery] was not present during an important….”

“Please,” interrupted Nufrio.  “any comments, even about attendance, is not permitted.”

TAPinto Union has been informed that Principal Lowery did not attend the high school's Back to School night event last week.

“I would refrain from any comments because it is a personnel matter,” added Tatum.

“He [Lowery] is the principal of record,” added Nufrio.