Holmdel teachers, Board of Education at odds over superintendent

HOLMDEL — Teachers have taken a nearly unanimous vote of “no confidence” against Acting Superintendent Lee Seitz as the district switches to all in-school learning against the wishes of the teachers union.

Seitz took over as superintendent for the 2020-21 school year while the district looks for a replacement for Robert McGarry, who took an assistant superintendent position with the the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public School District after six years. By law he can remain in the position for two years.

Holmdel Teachers Education Association president Denise King told a school board meeting on Dec. 16 that it’s “ridiculous” to have to wait that long for a permanent replacement, according to an Asbury Park Press report.

King also told the meeting that 98{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of the membership supported the vote because they believe Seitz has has not communicated the district’s plans for in-person instruction, according to the Press report.

Seitz has served in three districts over the past 15 years, mostly in other interim positions.

Seitz was the superintendent of the Parsippany-Troy Hills for nearly seven years before leaving in 2013, according to his LinkedIn page.  He then served as interim superintendent of the Franklin district for from 2014-1015, returned to Parsippany-Troy Hills from 2015 to 2017 on an interim basis and then worked 2019 to 2020 in Pequannock.

Parsippany-Troy Hills sued Seitz in 2012 to recover $38,000 in salary overpayment he received under a contract the state was forced to rescind when the state put a salary cap on superintendent contracts.

In a letter posted Dec. 19, the school board “voiced its support” for Seitz and schools opening for in-school instruction. The board accused the union of carrying out a “a spam assault on the community, using the services of an outside politically-oriented organization, to flood the email accounts of Board members and residents with their complaints.”

Seitz and King on Thursday afternoon did not return New Jersey 101.5’s requests for comment.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at [email protected] or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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