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School Board Scolds Vulcano For Talking to Press

Officials say Pat Vulcano violated confidentiality, but longtime school director says he did nothing wrong.

The Easton Area School Board has censured one of its members for revealing details about the search for a new superintendent to a local newspaper.

The board passed a resolution Tuesday that "admonished and condemned" Pat Vulcano Jr., saying he “brazenly violated confidentiality” by speaking to the Morning Call.

The action came on the same night board President Robert Fehnel said the district would name an interim superintendent, while still searching for a permanent replacement for current Superintendent Susan McGinley.

For his part, Vulcano maintained he did nothing wrong, although he did apologize for revealing that Easton Mayor Sal Panto had applied for the superintendent job.

"I did slip on bringing his name out," Vulcano said Wednesday. "I apologize for bringing his name out. I think he would’ve made a great CEO."

In a later Morning Call interview, after two finalists for the superintendent job withdrew their names, Vulcano said that the board could have a third candidate "in the rafters."

Vulcano, who is up for re-election, was unable to attend Tuesday's meeting in person due to a knee injury, but listened/spoke over the phone and said he watched the action via the district's website.

He said he wished the board had waited until he was present to allow him to tell his side of things.

Fehnel said Tuesday that the board at one point had someone who was "a close third." The two finalists were Robert Culp, assistant executive director of the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, and Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder.

Both men withdrew their names from consideration.

But Vulcano argued that Fehnel had revealed the names of two finalists before he even spoke.

This is the second time the board has censured Vulcano. He said the last time was for supporting the district's secretaries union when it went on strike in 2009.

At the bottom of all this is the fact that the district still has no one to replace McGinley when her five-year contract ends at the end of June.

Fehnel said Tuesday the board would reopen its search for a permanent replacement, while also reconsidering some of the candidates it had previously rejected.

 

 

 

Tom Adams April 17, 2013 at 05:38 PM
WOW, this guy doesn't give up. What a shame. Another embarrassing moment for the district. And the nerve to say Panto would "he would’ve made a great CEO." That's not what I hear he said about Panto in closed sessions -- although if he said that he would be right -- for the first time in a long time.
Anonymous April 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM
I would love to know when the last time a school board member spent any time in a on of their district's schools observing classes and what actually goes on in the hallways between classes at the middle & high schools. I think that one of the main requirements is that a school board member as well as the superintendent is to spend hours actually observing the situation that they are making huge decisions about. Mr. Vulcano has been on the board long enough. Speaking to the press was completely wrong and he should know that. Retire from the board. Require that board members spend time in the schools. Once a month, every month, spend at least part of a day at a different school in their district.

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