UPDATE: Parlapanides Wants To Apply For Berkeley Schools Super Position

Berkeley Board of Ed president says Parlapanides "not qualified" for job


Two school districts, one superintendent.

Central Regional Superintendent wants to apply for the soon-to-be vacant position in the Berkeley Township school district.

Having a shared superintendent would benefit students, staff and taxpayers, he said.

"My board has authorized me to apply," Parlapanides said Friday. "It benefits the kids in terms of curriculum, it benefits the taxpayers, we can buy supplies in bulk. It's a win-win."

Parlapanides said the board authorized him to apply if the position ever opened up. He said he is not interested in any salary increase by assuming the Berkeley superintendent duties. He is in the second year of a five-year contract with the Central Regional school district.

"I'm frozen at $151,000," he said. "That's what I want to make for the next four years."

Current Berkeley schools Superintendent said at the Board of Education meeting last night that he spoke to Parlapanides Thursday afternoon and Parlapanides said he was not interested in the Berkeley position.

Parlapanides said today he never told Vicari that.

"My board has authorized me to apply," he said.

Berkeley Board of Education President Steven M. Pellecchia said Friday he was upset over Parlapanides' statement that he never told Vicari he was not interested in the position.

"I'm shocked he would stoop to the level of calling my superintendent a liar," Pellechia said. "Mr. Vicari has an impeccable reputation for honesty. There's no reason for Mr. Parlapanides to say Joe would lie about what he said. I tend to believe Mr. Vicari."

Parlapanides did not accuse Vicari of lying. He denied he told Vicari he was not interested in the position.

Pellecchia also called the Central Regional school district a "failing school" in terms of test scores compared to the Berkeley school district.

"That's not what the board wants," Pellechia said. "Our board wants a superintendent that will maintain the reputation we have. In my heart, I really feel he's not qualified, even with a doctorate."

Parlapanides received his doctorate in executive education from Seton Hall University. He also has a masters degree in administration from Georgian Court University and a bachelors degree in history from Villanova University.

Pellecchia went on to say that Parlapanides could apply for the position and the board would consider his application.

Berkeley board members voted unanimously last night to hire Richard Morasco of Leadership Advantage to conduct a superintendent search. Morasco said the average time to find a new superintendent is six months. The amount of the contract was not announced at the meeting.

Vicari is leaving the district at the end of the school year.

Vicari - who is also a longtime Republican Ocean County freeholder - previously served as Berkeley schools superintendent for six years, until 2008 when a previous board refused to renew his contract. He has always contended the move was engineered by the Democratic majority on the board and was illegal.

returned to the district on April 1, 2011, at the state law minimum salary of $18,500. Vicari had offered to work for free but state law requires administrators be paid a minimum salary.

At the time, he said he would stay only one year, while the board looked for a permanent superintendent. He told the board in March to start looking for a new superintendent.

Betsy Huhn April 21, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Well said John Heline!!!!
Harriette Lefevre April 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Dr. Parlapanides is most capable! As a counselor I watched him as a student at Central and worked with him as a colleague. He genuinely cares about the students and making Central Regional the best district possible' Harriette Lefevre
Mike Daly April 22, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Stop the small town political BS. Dr P is MORE than qualified. Who is this Mr Pellecchia anyway? I know Tommy and have seen him walk his talk.
Josephine Manfre April 22, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Oh absolutely John H. I hope I didn't give the wrong impression. Tommy has always said he was interested and the community has stated over and over again at the Board meetings that we should have one Super and it should be him.
Slammah April 22, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Who is Mr. Pellecchia? someone who won't be voted back on the Berkeley School Board if he doesn't advise the board that they need to start taking care of the students and what the people of Berkeley want. Take a look at the members of the Berkeley Board, some of the members lost the last school board election, yet they are on the board because of vacancies created by the Berkeley Town Council. This all stinks of politics. What happened to the will of the people???
Lori April 22, 2012 at 05:04 PM
@ Tired, When Dr. P wants to name a building after himself thats when I'll worry!
Mike Daly April 22, 2012 at 05:23 PM
@Lori- WELL SAID!!!! Exactly correct. Let us also not forget there is another super above them all for the entire county. http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/ocschools/ Notice who the Freeholder Liason is.
John Heline April 22, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Mike, were these people (Dowd, Vicari) in the same postions they are now when Ritacco was doing his thing or did they get these positions afterwards? It makes you wonder who was minding the store back then if the executive county superintendant was supposed to be watching the local superindents. Thomas J. Dowd Executive County Superintendent Joseph H. Vicari in charge Freeholder Liaison
Maureen Shea April 22, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Dr Parlapanides is very well loved by students and parents. He is very involved with every school function. He is centrals biggest cheerleader and motivator. He is not a liar and not motivated by politics. He shows interest in students even after graduation. I think before Mr Pellecchia starts making digs about Mr Parlapanides Doctrine, he should realize all the dedication and hard work it takes to earn one. He has been an inspiration to all of his students.
Lori April 22, 2012 at 07:50 PM
@ John, some say if you connect the dots between vicari, roselli they will lead you right to ritacco
Mike Daly April 22, 2012 at 08:45 PM
@John do not think so, according to this link someone named Greenfield was the previous super and was recently let go by Gov Christie. If I understand correctly, Dowd is also the super for Atlantic County and is temporarily doing double duty in Ocean County as well. I do not have enough facts to connect the dots, but I know you pull any thread in any Government, you will sometimes be truly amazed where it leads. http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/county-still-without-permanent-schools-superintendent
John Heline April 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM
@ Lori. To me Vicari seems like he's a good person but I just feel like we need to get the politics out of the School Board and the superintendants position. I feel the only reason why he chose to serve last year for free, was to get back at the democrats that he claims got rid of him for political reasons and therebye keeping a Democrat from getting the position. I think we need to get rid of anyone whose only reason for serving on the board or Superintendant is to keep their taxes down or for politcal reasons. I aslo think that anyone would publicly say something bad about Dr.P's credentials or qualifications without knowing all the facts is very foolish and will not be around too much longer :-) (when is the next school board election)?
George April 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM
So he should aim for #2??????????????????????
Xavier April 23, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Color me confused. The poll is showing that there should not be one superintendent while the comments show something else entirely. Hmm..
Mike Daly April 23, 2012 at 01:31 PM
@Chris- not scientific or even a reasonable poll. Quite an increase in activity and change in the last 48 hours! The comments are pretty clear from everyone. BTW I also put my real name on all my comments, I'm not hiding behind a keyboard or some screwy screen name. I'm not clicking the poll every time either, so "small town he-said she-said BS". I only say the exact same things here I would say right to someone's face. But consider who has the most to lose in the event the two districts do merge in to one? Those are probably the hand or hands clicking that "NO" a lot. I find it fascinating that in neither the article nor in the comments has anyone attempted to lay out a single serious fact why keeping the two districts separate is in the best interests of either the students or the tax payers. Probably because its not.
Patricia A. Miller (Editor) April 23, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Hi Chris, It appears someone hacked into the poll overnight. It has been removed from the story.
mystie April 23, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Lori April 23, 2012 at 04:43 PM
@ Mike & Chris, not everybody is as stupid as the people voting over and over again as if this poll means a thing, like you both said all the comments clearly favor Dr. P. and I work for Seniors in our town and all the ones i've spoken to favor 1 super over 2, it should'nt always be about saving money but with some people thats what means the most, I think I'll log out and in again all day just so I can vote again NOT!
mystie April 23, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I for one am in favor of 1 super. Not because of money but because Dr.P truly cares about my kid and everybodies kid that attends or attended central. Not all super's care in the way he does. Why did they need a consulting firm to conduct a super search when they could use the school bds. to do the same. Are they buying the pick they want? What ever came of Mrs.Lipercot? I thought she was in line for the position. Waste waste waste your money your money your money Stay tuned! PS ALL POLITICIANS LIE!
John Heline April 23, 2012 at 09:22 PM
You could use a consulting firm to hopefully come up with an excuse not to hire the person that everyone seem to want. This way they will have a fall guy for not hiring Dr P.
Brian Wilson April 24, 2012 at 01:35 AM
What is going on with the elementary Board of Ed? Why can't these people think for themselves. Having one superintendent is the best idea & many of these BOE members campaigned on that exact idea. Joe Vicari has all of them brainwashed or scared.
Mike Daly April 24, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Dr P announced tonight on his Facebook page he was approved tonight as Share Superintendent for Seaside Heights. Another positive step to get a meaningful k-12 curriculum for CRSD.
Scooter April 24, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Hallehulah well said!!!!
Scooter April 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM
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foggyworld April 26, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Either Dr. P is crazy or he genuinely wants to lift up the academic level of our schools and I just hope it's the latter and if it proves to be too much of a job for one person that he has the sense to raise his hand and ask for help. It is in all of our interests to see him to very well.
D.Hof May 18, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Dr. P. is the man for the job. He puts every child in his schools before himself. He is out for the better in each and every student. He deserves this title. I'm sure it's not an easy job. It's gonna be a lot of work but he wants to take it on. He has improved Central Reg. in exponential amount of ways and there isn't anyone better. As one of Mr. P's students, back in the day, I saw first hand that he a blessing to the district. He continues to make us proud. Now having a child of my own I can't wait to see central and Berkeley Township school become one of the states and country's best schools because of Dr P!! My son has an extraordinary education to look forward to. I hope he fills the seat. Bottomline- there is no one that can do the job better. We all win. Our tax dollars are well spent, our school systems are going to soar (like Eagles) and our children will have the best education possible. Look to the future! My vote is with Dr. P! You are the man!
not playing the game September 29, 2012 at 02:50 AM
To bad news is Amato does not want to work with DR P what a shame save money for our town not his goal .
not playing the game September 29, 2012 at 02:54 AM
This man Dr P spends more dollars out of his own pockets than he spends on himself.


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