Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A Question of Ethics and Stability


First there are some questions pertaining to this after school program. 

I would like to know; 
  • What are the costs per child? 
  • Will the superintendent/board be provided proof of background checks? 
  • Will the people working in the after school program have experience with a Title I district that resembles the cultural and economic diversity of Englewood? 
  • Will you look to hire people from Englewood who are familiar with the strengths and challenges of our children? 
  • What is the staff turnover rate?


As elected officials you take an oath to abide by a Code of Ethics which is dictated by New Jersey law. I am very disturbed by the actions initiated by board members over the course of the past year. These actions clearly indicate that school board members 
don’t know, 
don’t understand, 
don’t care about following the Code of Ethics or about the best interests of our school district.

Everything from questionable 

relationships, to threats of
Too many substitutes in our
classrooms everyday.
potential violence toward community members, to most recently Ms. Lerner and Ms. Schwartz’ emails. 

I find it very concerning that Ms. Lerner chose to empathize with Mr. Berrios and chastise Mr. Rodriques. There is never a justifiable reason for an elected official to shout obscenities or threaten 
community members in front of their children. 

And to 
condemn Mr Rodriques for taking 
a stand and holding the board to
Not enough Student
to nurture our 
children, or yours
task by asking that they abide by the oath that they took and the NJ Code of Ethics for School Board Members clearly indicates that you are not concerned about being the best board member, you can be. 

Laws/guidelines/codes are created for a reason and the blatant disregard for these laws/guidelines/codes is disrespectful not only to our community and children but to yourselves.
Ms. Schwartz’ email to the board is also indicative of the mass confusion about the roles and responsibilities of board members. Posts on people’s personal FB pages are not the business of the board and while some may find issue with Mr. Whilby's posts, the constitution of the United States protects his freedom of speech. So, I am very curious to know, Ms. 

Schwartz, why were you on Mr. Whilby’s FB page and why do you feel what he posts is considered BOE business? Some might consider that stalking.
Enough is enough. If you are not going to follow the law on policies and Code of Ethics, which is 18A for reference, and not attend trainings to improve your skill set and knowledge as board members, if
 you are going to stalk and threaten community members 

(and for the record, Mr Berrios is not the only board member to have confronted a community , member-video to come) 

then please, for the sake of our children and our community step down. We will appreciate and respect you for acknowledging that maybe this isn’t the best role for you

Amy Jones Bulluck


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