The Superintendent of Brick schools is refuting a claim made by a Brick Township Board of Education candidate, David Fischer, that the Board of Education eliminated the assistant superintendent position and hired two people to fill that duty instead.
In comments posted on the Brick Patch's "boards" section, Fischer wrote: "...the BOE eliminated the assistant superintendent position and hired TWO
new people to fill those duties (a husband and wife team) which resulted
in an additional salary cost of over $220,000! AND the assistant
superintendent was only re-assigned in the district, not terminated so
there was no cost saving ... And now it appears that the husband part of
the team allegedly could not complete his background check to the
satisfaction of either the State, County or our own BOE as his job is
now posted for applicants."
Walter Uszenski told Patch that the board hired an academic officer in place of the asst superintendent, and, separately, hired an interim director of special services.
Speaking on the special services position, Uszenski said "we didn't have a director there, so that is the reason the interim was there, and now we need to replace that position with a full-time permanent position."
Regarding the assistant superintendent position, Uszenski said the "assistant superintendent went back to his original position because he's tenured in that position."
Regarding other allegations made in the comments section on this Patch thread, Uszenski said: "every single employee, we get a copy of their finger prints, and a background check on the person. They have to go through that process to work in a public school."