Friday, October 3, 2008

Disgraced King James Needs to Abdicate His School Throne

Every day it seems he's becoming da Barry Bonds of school superintendents - well known, but someone nobody wants to invite or be seen or associated with.

Every day it seems King James, da Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler of da Freehold Regional School District finds another way to disgrace his position, his district, and humiliate both da taxpayers and da kids he is allegedly supposed to be setting an example for.

Da latest comes from his demand to take a taxpayer-funded, over $2,000 trip to San Diego to make a presentation at a conference. King James said he's "entitled" & deserved to go on this trip and insisted da taxpayers pick up his expenses. Da only problem - da conference organizers don't want him anywhere in da same time zone as that conference!

Da Asbury Park Press says Wasser's invitation was revoked - da reason - his reputation obviously proceeded him!

"Wasser "would hamper the credibility of the presenters involved," a letter dated Tuesday to Wasser from the NSBA stated. The letter referred to the situation and the publicity that surround Wasser's credentials. The letter, written by NSBA Conference Programming Manager Bethany Kashawlic, said the "difficult" decision was, in part, a product of talks with the New Jersey School Boards Association. "(The NJSBA) leadership agrees that placing you on our educational program would not be of service to the local school board or to the Association at this time," Kashawlic wrote to Wasser."

Note the statement - King James "would hamper da credibility of da presenters involved!" It's not like they said, "We ran out of hotel space," or "there's not enough food for everyone." Kashawalic didn't mince even one word -- "hamper da credibility!" She's saying King James is a credibility issue!

What does that say about da person in charge of leading da kids? What kind of role model does he become?

Unfortunately, da story doesn't end here.

Da very dim bulbs on da school board, in "lick his boots" fashion, have already spent YOUR MONEY - passing a resolution to pay for King James' Excellent Adventure - even though he's barred from speaking there! Will King James do da right thing and not go, even though da convention already made him "persona non-grata?"

Don't count on it.

He already said, according to da newspaper, "I am entitled to attend two national conferences a year," Wasser answered.

Aren't da taxpayers "entitled" to have a superintendent who isn't da product of a diploma mill banned from 2 states and 1 African nation?

Aren't da kids "entitled" to have a school leader they can look up to and respect as a role model?

And, aren't da teachers and people who go to meetings allowed not to be intimidated
?


A recent letter to da editor appeared in da local Snoozepaper, sent by a teacher who has been put through da wringer by da power-hungry. She defied an alleged direct threat to be transferred because she dare say what she believed - and paid da price.

"A few years ago, while still at Freehold Township High School, the decision was made to do away with the physical education supervisors. That group asked its members to attend the board meeting, not to speak, but to show support by their presence. Hours before the meeting, word leaked out that any supervisor attending that meeting would be transferred.

"That threat, whether real or imagined, worked because the only supervisors present that evening were the six phys ed supervisors losing their jobs, the president, vice president, secretary and the treasurer of the supervisory group, and me. Within a month, my transfer was put on the table with the other two officers who were math supervisors.


Read her letter closely, and especially how she claims she was treated during a bereavement leave. It goes directly to how King James rules his school Kingdom.

And, kudos to State Senator Jennifer Beck for pushing da "diploma mill" bill that will make sure no other school district is "Wassered" like da taxpayers in Monmouth County are being taken advantage of.

DaTruth is, King James has gone from a bully to an embarrassment, and like this blog - and many others - have called for, it is time for him - for da good of da taxpayers and especially da kids - to step aside.

Ex-Dr. Mr. King James should not be allowed to go to San Diego at taxpayer expense, to a convention that revoked his invitation to present. He should do right by da taxpayers for that.

Da Asbury Park Press said clearly in an editorial that this board "displayed contempt for taxpayers," and reminded us all that King James "works for da public."

"Add to that some remarks made by board members and Wasser that displayed a contempt for taxpayers. "I'm not here to respond to your questions," board member Christopher Placitella told a resident who chastised the board for approving a list of bills without knowing the details of the items, including a bill for more than $1 million. "I do not work for you," Wasser told a resident who complained about his upcoming trip to San Diego, partially district-funded. But Wasser does work for the public."

You see, da Asbury Park Press has it right. It appears King James has forgotten that he works for da public - and not as da king on his school book throne.

It's time to demand - in a strong voice - that unless King James abdicates his throne, that da state be asked to come in and take over da district - place someone else in charge - and remove him from power. This should be done for da taxpayers who are fed up with his tactics and bullying and intimidation, and most important, for da kids who need a positive role model, and unfortunately, only have King James to show for it.

And, instead of firing King James so he can go home with a heap of severence, pay him but change his job title. Make him a school garbage collector. Apparently he knows how to make a mess of something. Now he needs to learn how to clean it up. At least that would be an effective use of taxpayer money.

And that's daTruth.

23 comments:

a Malcontent said...

gaming the system

by butchbudai, 10/3/08 11:07 ET

From todays APP

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081003/NEWS0301/810030397&s=a

Davy assured the committee the degrees cannot be used to secure a post but can enhance a salary and thus fatten a pension.

"It is not illegal to be stupid and pay for one of these fake degrees," Davy said. "It is illegal to use one."

Jane Oates, executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, told the panel the diploma mills are businesses that sell academic degrees but require little work from students. She said some grant 500 doctorate degrees a month.

"Apparently, a resume and a two-page paper was all that was required for an acting superintendent in Asbury Park to earn a master's degree," said state Sen. Shirley K. Turner, D-Mercer, another sponsor of the bill, said.

"These people are gaming the system to enrich themselves, and these are the very people who serve as role models for our children," Turner added.

Fire King James! said...

Hey - Hey.
Ho - Ho.
The bully King James has got to go!

Makes for a great cheer that everyone should say at the very next meeting.

Anonymous said...

This is hardly the first time Wasser treated the school district like his own private LLC. About six or seven years ago, ten administrators in the district discovered that he was using school resources, vendors and employees to fix his car, rebuild his mother's kitchen, mow his lawn and do other services, for which he was not paying. The ten administrators sent a letter to the prosecutor. Wasser hired the assistant prosecutor's wife, then claimed there was a conflict and the case had to be shipped to the attorney general's office. Most of you know about the corruption in the attorney general's office during the last eight years, but to make sure, his in-law Senator Doria (now Secretary of Community Affairs) blocked the investigation and it was ended. Wasser then proceeded to harass each and every one of the ten, until they all left the district. If you don't think that had an effect on the district, take a look at the sat scores, the failure of five of the six high schools on the no child left behind tests, the severe deterioration of any student in the district not in special education or an honors program and you can see how his personal revenge against these whistleblowers has so damaged the district. All because he was caught with his hands in the cookie jar. Want to make a change? Each year three board members are up for election. Each year you can remove three. In just two years, you'll have a majority that can remove him for cause. Come to the next meeting. Let them know this board will be replaced en masse if they don't do their job. Chris Placitella, the representative from Colts Neck is an attorney. There is nothing more pathetic than an attorney sitting in an elected position having no clue about what the law is in a position in which he has responsibility (you know, like in Manalapan) and just following the lead of the board attorney whose job depends on his giving a phony opinion. Tell Chris to start acting like a lawyer and stop hiding behind the ethically challenged board attorney or he'll be the first target.

Anonymous said...

From the News Transcript:
Notice that it's NOT written by Kathy Baratta. Gee, what a surprise.

http://newstranscript.gmnews.com/News/2008/1008/Front_page/0008.html

Anonymous said...

The site cuts off the full url. Here it is in two parts. Cut and paste the second to the first:

http://newstranscript.gmnews.com/
News/2008/1008/Front_page/0008.html

Anonymous said...

Placitella was just re-elected so he will not be the first target.

Next year

Manalapan, one Howell Rep, and Freehold Boro are up. Looks like no one is opposing the enabler in chief or the Howell Rep.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the Howell rep is up for election. I think it is Capiello of Englishtown -- Manalapan gets to vote for her or her replacement.

Anonymous said...

From Moremonmouthmusings.blogspot.com:

Lightshines said...
With all of the quotes and articles about Wasser, we haven't really given him a chance to give his side. So we sent out our ace reporter Tevye to get Wasser's take on all this:

If I faked a Doctorate,
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
All day long I'd biddy biddy bum.
If I faked a Doctorate.
I wouldn't have to work hard.
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
If I faked a PH, biddy biddy PH,
PHD from BS, BSU.

I'd build a big tall house with rooms by the dozen,
Right in the middle of the town.
Using taxpayers money, naturally.
I’d have me one great career just going up,
And a District even longer coming down,
And education leading nowhere, just for show.

I'd fill my schools with cheats and turkeys and quacks and losers
For the towns to see and hear.
And rent-a-cops just as hostile as they can be

And each loud "hey" and "yo" and "shut up your mouth"
Would land like a trumpet on the ear,
As if to say "Here rules a powerful man."

If I faked a Doctorate,
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
All day long I'd biddy biddy bum.
If I faked a Doctorate.
I wouldn't have to work hard.
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
If I faked a PH, biddy biddy PH,
PHD from BS, BSU.

Anonymous said...

Englishtown rep was re-elected last year

Manalapan Rep "the enabler in chief", Leimbach from Howell and Hammer from Freehold Boro

Anonymous said...

Hey Squad. Can you use your embedded sources and find out why the Republicans are afraid of debating Roth? Is it because they haven't done anything in this town so they have nothing to say and no record to debate on?

I guess that sums it up.

Anonymous said...

Republicans? There are Republicans running against Michelle Roth? Are you sure? I doubt that very much. I haven't seen any campaign. I haven't seen anyone step up at a township committee meeting and make any sounds that even hint they're running against Michelle Roth. The only way there could be actual candidates with so little of a campaign is if their campaign was being run by Steve "I always like to keep my candidates a secret until after election day" McEnery.

Anonymous said...

I read in todays Asbury Park Press that Wasser apologized at the last meeting and said he's not going to take the trip to San Diego.

Great job Squad for keeping his shady dealings in the forefront. Now, if you can find out why the Republicans and McEnery are ducking a debate with the Queen.

a malcontent said...

thank Butch & Steve. they were there to fight the battle against Wasser. from what I hear Butch was the one who slipped the email to App about Wasser not going to San Diego.

Anonymous said...

3408. Green & Garcia- Who are They?

by jusdafacts, 10/8/08 12:39 ET

MANALAPAN — A new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll has Democratic Mayor Michelle Roth & Donald Holland maintaining a comfortable lead over their Republican challengers, Ryan Green and William Garcia, with many voters not even knowing who the GOP candidates are.

The poll, out today, shows likely voters favoring Roth & Holland over Green & Garcia 50 to 34 percent, with 14 percent undecided.

Seventy-one percent of those polled had never heard of, or had no opinion of, Green and Garcia.

Previous polls in the race have produced similar results.

"If the Republicans could raise any money, they might actually be able to put some dents in the Democrat's armor.

The telephone poll was conducted with 760 likely voters from Sept. 29 through Oct. 5, with a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Anonymous said...

They are going to be a big help for McCain/Palin? Not!

Anonymous said...

First, there is no Fairleigh Dickinson Poll on the Manalapan election. The suggestion that they would waste their time on this local non-election is Fairly Ridiculous. Second, if you needed any further evidence of how poorly managed Green and Garcia's campaign is, look no further than the Gordons Corner lot. Who in their right mind would run for office in Manalapan and be seen with Andrew Lucas in public. Andrew Lucas singlehandedly destroyed the Republican monopoly on the Freeholder Board, with a defeat so deep he actually lost his own town of Manalapan worse than any other candidate. He is generally recognized as being the second worst mayor in Manalapan's history, second only to Shapiro, his mentor and puppeteer. And THIS is who Green wants to be associated with? What's the matter, wouldn't Wasser campaign with him?

Anonymous said...

Considering I never even heard of this Garcia and Green before reading this blog, that poll doesn't surprise me, and I live in Manalapan. Whoever is running their campaign either has never done one before, or has no clue how to get their candidates noticed. Does anyone have any information about them they can print here, or maybe their campaign leader can do that it would be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

They're letting McEnery run their campaign with full knowledge he is despised by the overwhelming majority of the base Republican party and it is common knowledge that the only Republican victories since he became Municipal Chairman have been where the candidates kept him OUT of their campaigns. Every campaign he managed, he lost. That tells me that Garcia an Green don't have the judgment we need for Township Committee

some help needed said...

Need some help here.

I'm new to Manalapan lived here just over a year. Unaffiliated voter. I have no idea who the people are running locally, but from what I read here there is a local city committee election. If anyone can give me some insight as to who is running and what they're about I'd appreciate it.

FYI, I support Barack Obama but it doesn't mean I always vote Democrat.

a malcontent said...

da BIGGEST LOSER

in this election is daSnooze. I just got my paper. there isn't one campaign ad in it.

da Biggest Winner- Rick Klauber he'll have a nice warchest for next years campaign.

nice job McEnry!

Anonymous said...

Democrats Roth, Klauber and Democrat wannabe Lucas voted to bring a million dollar toxic cancer field to Manalapan to get soccer mom votes. They just paid a million dollar increase to a developer to buy 14 acres of wetlands.

They brought us 2 years of high tax increases over 40%. Taxes will increase again because of they are still running up cost for a road to nowhere. This road had zero accidents in 5 years yet we need to spend millions to make it wider.
Pease and Gordons Corner road has an accident every week.

They fired an award winning recreation director and symphony conductor for no valid reason.

The restrict the public words at township meeting to 5 minutes while Mayor Roth gets a unlimited closeup on Manalapan TV to tell all the reasons to vote for her.

Vote Green and Garcia and you will have a better chance at good government. They ain't perfect , but they are better than Roth.

Anonymous said...

Democrats Roth, Klauber and Democrat wannabe Lucas voted to bring a million dollar toxic cancer field to Manalapan to get soccer mom votes. They just paid a million dollar increase to a developer to buy 14 acres of wetlands.

They brought us 2 years of high tax increases over 40%. Taxes will increase again because of they are still running up cost for a road to nowhere. This road had zero accidents in 5 years yet we need to spend millions to make it wider.
Pease and Gordons Corner road has an accident every week.

They fired an award winning recreation director and symphony conductor for no valid reason.

The restrict the public words at township meeting to 5 minutes while Mayor Roth gets a unlimited closeup on Manalapan TV to tell all the reasons to vote for her.

Vote Green and Garcia and you will have a better chance at good government. They ain't perfect , but they are better than Roth.

Anonymous said...

Taxes will increase again because of they are still running up cost for a road to nowhere. This road had zero accidents in 5 years yet we need to spend millions to make it wider.


What road is this??