UNION, NJ – It’s been over four months since Lincoln University announced that Union High School Principal Corey Lowery accepted a position there as head coach of the men’s basketball program. Yet, Lowery continues to be paid by the Union school district. In fact, it’s been two full years since Lowery was placed on paid administrative leave. In that time, according to payroll records, Lowery’s gross wages have totaled over $317,600. The total does not include benefit compensation.
Lowery has not resigned from his position as Union High School principal, nor has he been terminated by the district. Lowery’s name is not included in the Personnel section of the agenda for the upcoming Sept. 15 Board of Education meeting. Resignations, retirements, and leaves of absence are typically listed on the agenda. A request by TAPinto Union for information on Lowery’s status from Superintendent Gregory Tatum went unanswered.
Lowery was placed on paid administrative leave on Sept. 13, 2018, after an explosive lawsuit, naming him and members of the administration as defendants, was filed on behalf of Union’s Director of Athletics alleging harassment and discrimination. The suit alleges that Lowery engaged “in a severe and pervasive pattern of conduct designed to usurp and undermine" the Athletic Director and that no remedial action from the administration occurred.
In November 2018, Lowery filed a lawsuit against the Board of Education President, the Union Township Board of Education, and other unnamed individuals, alleging that actions by the Board president and the Board “are racially motivated in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.” Lowery’s suit claims that the defendants, through the actions of the Board President, retaliated against his employ by placing him on administrative leave for, among other reasons, filing an Ethics Complaint against the Board President alleging he violated the School Ethics Act.
In an August 12 post on Lincoln University’s website, their basketball coach, Lowery, announced the completion of assembling his coaching staff. Lowery was named head basketball coach on May 5, 2020.
After Lowery was placed on leave, Vice Prinicpal Althea Bossard served as Acting Principal until July, 2019. Battle Hill Elementary School Principal Mark Hoyt then accepted the position of interim principal at Union High School, and Bossard moved to Battle Hill School.
Lowery’s compensation was calculated from payroll records from September 16, 2018 through August 31, 2020.
Editor’s Note: TAPinto Union reached out for comment from the Board of Education attorney Lester Taylor of the firm Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton & Taylor on Friday at 4:12 p.m. He did not respond by press time. If and when Taylor responds, the article will be updated accordingly.