Fulcomer Says Minutes Incorrect, Asks For Amendment

Berkeley Board of Ed members approve the minutes as is, no tape recording of meeting available


Berkeley Board of Education Vice-President James Fulcomer recently refused to approve the minutes of the May 24 meeting because he said they don't accurately reflect what occurred.

"I don't believe the minutes should be false," he said during the Aug. 16 board meeting. "I think they should be true."

Fulcomer said back in May the board had not actually voted to hire the district's transportation coordinator, but only to close the debate on the matter.

He asked for a correction to the minutes at the Aug. 16 meeting, but did not get it.

"Why are your words the truth and the minutes not the truth?" Board President Steven Pellecchia said.

Fulcomer asked that the word "considered" be substituted for "voted on" the hiring.

He said board member Noreiko Kowalewski had moved the debate be closed, and was seconded by board member Louis Tuminaro. The vote to hire Mary Fitzpatrick was never taken, Fulcomer said.

Fulcomer also asked that his wife Cathy's comments - made during the public portion of the May 24 meeting - be added to the minutes.

Cathy Fulcomer - a former longtime teacher and Union Township Education Association representative - said during the May 24 meeting that the board had never voted on the transportation supervisor position, only closed the debate.

"Where's the recording of the meeting?" Fulcomer said. "The only vote taken was a vote to cease debate. We never voted on the main motion - the approval of the transportation appointment."

"It's very important that the minutes reflect the truth," he added. "To vote for untruthful minutes is like signing a false affadavit."

The board voted 6 to 2 against Fulcomer's amendment to the minutes at the Aug. 16 meeting. Fulcomer and board member Salvatore Ferlise voted yes.  Board member Gerard Reuter - who was sworn in that night - abstained.

Fulcomer - who held a variety of offices in Union County, including freeholder before moving to Berkeley 12 years ago - said it was the first time in his years of public service he had ever voted no on approval of minutes.

"I have never voted no on minutes," he said. "These minutes are false and incorrect."

There is no recording of the May 24 board meeting, Administrator/Board Secretary Laura J. Venter said after the August 16 meeting.

Someone was filling in that night and "she just didn't press the right button," Venter said.



Thomas August 20, 2012 at 09:41 PM
What a mess this board is. No recording of the minutes? Some filling in on hitting a button? I wonder how much that person makes? If they're filling in wouldn't you want to make sure they know how to hit a button? Disaster. November can't come fast enough.
George August 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Who was in charge op hitting the button Rose Mary Woods (quick history lesson she was tricky Dickie's secretary)
Chief Wahoo August 21, 2012 at 01:12 AM
what a bunch of clowns !!!!
Jill Spencer August 21, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Good one George... apparently Rose Mary Woods taught the permanent person all she knew. Someone ask Laura ventor how many "missing tapes" there are. Quite a few would be the correct answer.
voice of reason August 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM
First if all isnt Fitzpatrick the president of the bus drivers union ? WHY WOULD YOU MAKE HER A ADMINISTRATER IN CHARGE OF THE BUS DRIVERS ? seems a little fishy. She was hired as Fulcomer was asking for shared services and to hire centrals coordinator at half the salary this is simply another power move to keep berkeley seperate from central by hireing another cronie who will be loyal to the board its a disgrace
Natty Bumppo August 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM
The keystone cops fighting among themselves, you got to wonder why do they waste their time fighting among themselves at no salary... Oh yeah it's the power and patronage for the OC GOP & King George. Throw them all out, they are all fools controlling our taxpayer dollars!
Christine Dwight August 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Why are they just voting on May's minutes in August?
Betsy Huhn August 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM
So... My guess would be that Mr. Fulcomer will be the next board member that They try to get rid of... He is rocking the boat!!! So what other person in town has lost an election bid and wants to be apointed????
George Kaminski August 21, 2012 at 03:29 PM
"Why are your words the truth and the minutes not the truth?" Board President Steven Pellecchia If there is a dispute as to whether the minutes are the truth or Cathy Fulcomer's "words" are the truth, my preference would be to remove that portion of the minutes from the record entirely. If neither side can come to an agreement in a situation where there is no proof of fact, then it should not be submitted as an official record. I'm siding with Mr. Fulcomer here and I personally commend Mrs. Fulcomer for standing up for herself. What I witnessed at the meeting last week was a swift vote from several members of the board, essentially confirming minutes to public record (without doing any further investigation) that have been brought into question. Ignite Change this November’s Election. Vote for: Keith Fisher George Kaminski Lauren Zawada Pat Mooney We are the voices for the students and taxpayers to ensure, “Quality Education and Fiscal Responsibility”. George Kaminski
Natty Bumppo August 21, 2012 at 04:00 PM
So recorded minutes are non existant and the written minutes are in questions and being challenged as not being accurate. What's clear, the record does not accurate reflect what happened at a public meeting. Sounds more like a cover up with state law being broken. Opps doesn't cut it, someone needs to be held accountible.
Thomas August 21, 2012 at 05:15 PM
When is Pellecchias term up? There is someone who needs to go. "why are your words the truth and the minutes not the truth?". Amazing. I wonder if he even knows what day it is.
rich g August 21, 2012 at 08:08 PM
We have to get these people out and get an investigation goi.g these people should not be trusted with anything they do they are playing with OUR money
Ted Palfrey August 21, 2012 at 08:58 PM
The comments by George Kaminsky are hillarious.. he's a tool, recruted to run by disgraced former board member Dawn Parks along with Fisher, Ciccone-Zawada and Mooney. Let's ignite this ticket alright, because they are going down in FLAMES!
Ted Palfrey August 21, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Atleast the tax and spend Varonoites are gone!
Ted Palfrey August 21, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Here are some questions to Fisher, Zawada-Ciccone, Mooney and Kaminsky Team: 1. How many meetings have you attended "prior" to becoming a candidate? 2. How did you become "interested" in running for the board? 2a. OR were one or all of you made an "offer" you could not refuse? 3. If there is so called "wasteful spending" why did you not attend the public hearing on the budget to voice your concerns? (For your reference a link to the minutes is below) http://www.btboe.org/bts/Board%20Office/Board%20Information/Minutes%20of%20Board%20Meeting/Mar.%2022%2C%202012%20Minutes%20of%20Meeting.pdf 4. Please "identify" the "wasteful spending" you feel that is "included" in the budget? (For your reference a link to the budget is below) http://www.btboe.org/bts/Board%20Office/Budget%20Information/2012-2013%20User%20Friendly%20Budget.pdf 5. Are you 4 aware, for the THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR the Berkeley School budget is actually LOWER than the year before? (See link above)
Ted Palfrey August 21, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Thomas this isn't the Democratic controlled mayor & council I think you are confused, lol.
Ted Palfrey August 21, 2012 at 09:22 PM
The dictatorship of Varano and Parks is over keep dreaming Democrat.
Ted Palfrey August 21, 2012 at 09:33 PM
The hand picked Democratic clowns: Keith Fisher George Kaminski Lauren Zawada Pat Mooney
Mike Hunt August 22, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Tell me why Ted Palfrey, the board voted in Mr. Gerry Curl Reutter after he lost two elections and the public/people obviously did not want him in? The two women on the left aka puppets Noriko Kowalewski and Sophia Gingrich laugh at every topic and have no knowledge of the motions that they second at every meeting. If you are going to talk about putting the four candidates up in flames, don’t you do think that old tape recorder should be “ignited” first?
George Kaminski August 22, 2012 at 02:04 AM
If anyone would like a copy of my resume along with references of my professional experience, I'll be happy to provide it to you. Also, my information is publicly available on LinkedIn.com. I am the only George Kaminski with the title Sr. Channel Systems Engineer. In addition to all the information that you can find there, I will tell you that I am a lifelong Bayville resident as are my wife and three children. I have a passionately strong interest in all of Berkeley Township.
Christine Dwight August 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Because he was next in line as promised, he was supposed to get the Central spot but they didnt want him so now he finally got the spot he was promised.
Patrick Mooney August 22, 2012 at 02:23 PM
"Ted", thank you for your comment about the new candidates running for school board. I would be more than happy to answer your questions. I will be honest with you I have not attended any meetings prior to deciding to run for the Berkeley Twp School Board, I'm fairly certain that attending meetings prior to running is not a prerequisite to run, but thanks for asking. I decided to run because of the way the school board wasd conducting business, in my opinion, as of late I don't feel they have the best interest of the students in mind. I have two children, one in Berkeley Twp schools now and one who will be the school system in a few years, in addition I coach many students of Berkeley Twp schools in baseball and football. I want to make sure their school district is run effective and efficiently so they can get the best education and like I previously stated, in my opinion I don't feel the current board has that stance. To your reference of taking an "offer I couldn't refuse" that just is not the case, I was not recruited by anyone and will not allow anyone to pull strings behind the scene and tell me how to vote and how to think on the board. I'm my own person and if I'm lucky enough to be elected to service the students and teachers of Berkeley Twp Schools I will do what I feel is right, not what someone else tells me is right.
Patrick Mooney August 22, 2012 at 02:31 PM
In regard to your question about the wasteful spending in the budget, it's not so much what was in the budget as it about how the money is being spent. The district hired a consulting firm, interim superintendent, new superintendent and now a mentor. There was a perfectly qualified superintendent that was willing to do the job for no additional cost, why wasn't he even given consideration? I'm not saying I think one is better than the other and for the future of the district I hope our current superintendent does a good job, but why not even explore other opportunities? I trusted my "elected" officials at the time to do what was right and that was my mistake, but I can tell you I will not make that mistake again. I will do whats right by the students and teachers to do my part in making this a better school district. On a side note "Ted", why do you think I'm a Democrat? First off, I am not a Democrat, but to be honest what does political party have to do with the school board. The school board is supposed to not be political and again in my opinion this school board has become to political and that is something else that needs to change. Also in a previous statement you called us tax and spend Democrats, so we already establised you were incorrect in me being a Democrat, but why on earth would I want to raise taxes? I live in Berkeley and would raise my own taxes, that wouldn't be a good move, just saying.
Patrick Mooney August 22, 2012 at 02:32 PM
So thank you "Ted" for your feedback about my candidacy and those I'm running with. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. I'm also assuming I should put you down as NO vote for us in November?
Mike Hunt August 22, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Can someone please tell me why Keith Mcshaffrey and Andrea Cimino were hired for supervisor positions both paying 75K and 81.5K for jobs "to be announced"? You would think as tax payers the jobs should of been announced at the time of hire. This is just another waste of our tax payers dollars..WHAT A JOKE! Can I get a job for 75K that can be made up by the liars on the board?
Lauren Zawada August 22, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Mr. Ted Palfrey, Thank you for taking the time to be concerned about the candidates running for the Berkeley Board of Education in November. Just to answer a few of your questions, I have attended numerous board meetings; I sit exactly in the same spot each meeting in the second row with my husband. I am a non-political candidate; please feel free to check my background. As an educator and a 20 year Berkeley resident, I am interested in running to support the children to ensure they receive the best educational opportunity possible. I would be happy to sit down in person and discuss any questions you may have in regards to my candidacy and educational background for the upcoming election. Thank you again for your interest. Sincerely, Lauren Ciccone-Zawada
George August 22, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Why not have a series of debates so these candidatescan bring their views to the public. This way the voters can see if they add value to the board or are a buch of Clowns getting out of the bus at a circus (no offense to clowns ).
voice of reason August 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Thank you to the canidates for posting on the patch you never see any posts from the sitting board members on here.
George August 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM
To the candidates posting ....show some guts challenge your opponents to a debate.
Only I Know September 01, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Get your facts straight before you comment. First of all there is NO bus drivers union. It is all inclusive and Duggan is President.


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