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Rumors have been swirling around Lyndhurst over the last few days of another high level resignation(s) coming in the Lyndhurst Public School System.

If true, this has serious implications for Lyndhurst and its future.

We aren’t in a position to comment on individual personnel, but generally all roads to and from Lyndhurst government corruption go through the public school system here. Winning control of the Lyndhurst Board of Education is like winning a clearing house sweepstakes to these local pols and their peeps.

Nepotism is rampant. Last year, the Township and the Schools were found to have illegally passed a joint school construction plan. This year, they mismanaged school spending, losing $1.1 million tax dollars. School scores aren’t great, either.

If things have a chance to change for the better for Lyndhurst and its Schools, it won’t happen with the mob currently controlling things running the show.

The state of New Jersey has, by now, likely started to focus on The Lyndhurst Board of Education and its ways, with an eye toward the $75 to $100 million approved to rebuild Lyndhurst Schools in the years ahead. It’s unlikely the New Jersey Department of  Education finds the current Lyndhurst BOE competent enough or ethical enough to oversee the job.

It’s time the people of Lyndhurst become familiar with the state takeover process for mismanaged local public school districts. Presently, 24 states have enacted policies that allow them to take over a school district due to academic problems within the school district. New Jersey is one.

In addition to academic problems within a school district, states also take over school districts due to fiscal mismanagement, inept administration, corrupt governance (nepotism) and crumbling infrastructure within the school district.

Lyndhurst Schools have textbook examples of all these problems.

Most state takeovers do not happen without the state department of education thoroughly documenting a school district’s problems.

The level of state control and local influence in takeovers varies from state to state. In some cases, such as New Jersey, state officials relieve school board members and high-level administrators of their duties and appoint others to manage the school district in their place.

It is clear, if Lyndhurst loses yet another high level administrator, as is said to be the case, the current Board of Education cannot meet the task of restaffing our school leadership while rebuilding the schools themselves. They are too incompetent and too corrupt.

Can a state takeover be far behind?

It’s not as far fetched as you might think.

But if a takeover does happen, while not something to look forward to, it offers Lyndhurst the opportunity to rid itself of the corrupt families who have fed off the school system for years. In fact, it may be the only way to rid our community of these leaches.

In Lyndhurst, all the big names have had a piece of the public school pie. Giangeruso, DiMaggio, Haggerty, Stellato, Vuono, Abruscato, DiLascio, and on and on…

They are all part of the ongoing mismanagement of our schools; hiring family, hiring friends, and repeatedly breaking the rules. If Lyndhurst avoids a takeover, it sure isn’t going to avoid an investigation into their practices.

As for us, we hope the state steps in and cleans them out to give Lyndhurst and its people the opportunities and the schools they deserve.

The funds being spent on rebuilding our schools in the next few years won’t be invested in our town again for generations. Lyndhurst cannot afford, nor can the state afford, to let local corrupt hacks squander the up to $100 million yet to be spent rebuilding schools over the next few years.

No one wants a state takeover of their local schools, but few towns in New Jersey could benefit more from one than Lyndhurst.



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