UNION, NJ – Union High School Principal Corey Lowery, on administrative leave since September, has continued to receive a full paycheck.

According to payroll records, Lowery’s gross wages from September – December, 2018, were $52,802; and $53,390 for the first four months of 2019 (January – April).  The total, $106,192 does not include benefit compensation.

Lowery was placed on paid administrative leave after an explosive lawsuit, from Union’s Director of Athletics Linda Ionta, was filed claiming harassment by Lowery and district administration.  The suit alleges that Lowery engaged “in a severe and pervasive pattern of conduct designed to usurp and undermine Ms. Ionta in her position as Athletic Director” and that no remedial action from the administration occurred.

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Budget awareness and district expenditures have come under scrutiny with the recent decision to privatize 91 district paraprofessionals.

Lowery’s status remains unclear.  Upon the advice of legal counsel, Superintendent Gregory Tatum declined to comment.

Regarding the outsourcing of the 91 paraprofessionals, Ann Margaret Shannon, President of the Union Township Education Association said, “I am proud of the relationship we have established, over the years, with the administration.  However, I am greatly disappointed in the decision to privatize 91 of our paraprofessionals. We believe this to be an egregious act and ask the board and administration to reconsider this detrimental decision.”  Shannon said she could not comment on the Lowery issue, as “the decision to place him on administrative leave was an action by the Board of Education.  Although a very frustrating one, this is a personnel matter, on which I cannot speak.”