Category Archives: Middletown South High School

APP: Middletown high school principal search down to two finalists

it’s nice to know that a replacement for Middletown South’s former Principle Dr. Anthony Shallop, is eminent but it would have been nicer if interim superintendent Pat Houston notified the Middletown Board of Education before announcing at Wednesday night’s meeting that he had already conducted four interviews and has broken it down to two candidates to replace Dr. Shallop.

According to Kevin Penton of the Asbury Park Press, some on the BOE were taken by surprise from the news. Board Vice President Christopher Aveta told Houston that members of the public expect board members to know what is going on in the district and that some board members (Aveta presumably) unaware that the interview process had even begun stating, “The board is trying to foster an environment of greater transparency”.

Houston then seemed to take offense to Aveta’s statement and according to the article posted below told board members that he was doing the job that should be expected of him, and believes he is not under any obligation to notify the board before he moves forward on conducting administrative matters.

That is a pretty bold statement coming from someone who as a former Principle of Thompson School, left the district in a lurch before retiring last year when he spent several months on personal leave.

Aveta had every right to question the interim superintendent about this, after all who is really in charge of the district at the moment, an interim superintendent who doesn’t have much of a chance of sticking around much longer or BOE members who were elected to oversee what happens in the school system? This seems like just another example of dysfunction to me.

MIDDLETOWN — District officials have wasted no time in searching for a replacement for a principal who was demoted last month, conducting interviews with four candidates in recent days.

The progress of the search for a new principal of Middletown High School South, a process already down to two finalists, caught members of the Middletown Board of Education off guard during their meeting on Wednesday.

Board Vice President Christopher Aveta told interim Superintendent Pat Houston that members of the public expect board members to know what is going on in the district. Some board members said they were unaware that the interview process had even begun.

“The board is trying to foster an environment of greater transparency,” Aveta told the superintendent.

Houston is simply doing the job that should be expected of him, said the superintendent, who believes he is not under any obligation to notify the board before he moves forward on conducting administrative matters.

“I don’t want anyone here to think I’m trying to deceive,” said Houston, a longtime administrator in the district who was brought back from retirement after 37 years of service. “Let me be frank: I don’t hire losers. I never have.”

Houston returned to the district last month, taking over the interim superintendent position from Thomas Pagano, who resigned for health reasons. Both men have served in the position as the district looks for a permanent replacement for Karen Bilbao, who left in January.

Only a couple of weeks after being at the helm, Houston recommended that Anthony Shallop be fired from his nontenured job as principal and reinstated in his tenured position as a science teacher. For personnel reasons, the district has not disclosed disclosed the reason for the demotion.

The demotion drew dozens of outraged parents, students and district employees to the board’s previous meeting.

Aside from Houston, six other administrators and teachers sit on the committee that will recommend to the Board of Education who should be Shallop’s replacement, the superintendent said. Houston hopes to have a recommendation in place by the board’s Aug. 24 meeting, he said.

No parents were included on the committee because members of the school’s Parent Faculty Association resigned last month in response to Shallop’s demotion, Houston said. Several PFA members told the board on Wednesday that their resignations are not effective until October.

Before a decision is reached, district officials agreed they will meet with a group of students who wish to discuss the position.

“We hope you recognize what we’re looking for in a principal and take that into consideration,” student Shubhro Bose told the board.

Responding on Wednesday to continued questions from parents on what happened with Shallop, Board President Joan Minnuies said she based her decision in part on comments that the former principal made to the board.

“This board was given the opportunity to go face to face with the issue,” Minnuies said. “In no way was this personal or political.”

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Letters To The Independent Expressing Outrage Over The Demotion Of Dr. Shallop Have BOE Members Defending Reassignment of Principal

According to the this weeks edition of the Independent (already posted online), many residents had sent letters to the publisher this past week, expressing outrage over the action taken by the members of the Middletown Board of Education that lead to the demotion of the very popular Principal of Middletown High School South, Dr. Anthony Shallop.

So many letters in fact that the Independent felt compelled to follow-up on these letters of support by contacting BOE members for a response, all of whom defended their decision to reassign Dr Shallop to his previously tenured position as a teacher at High School South via email.
…Board Member Vincent Brand said in an email that his decision was based on the facts relevant to the issue, which by law cannot be discussed in public because the issue remains personal and confidential.

“It would have been easy to vote the popular vote last night, but that would have been, for me, unethical to do so.”

According to Brand and board Vice President Christopher Aveta, the board gave Shallop a chance to address the issues prior to the vote.

“I fought hard for Dr. Shallop to get into executive session so that he would have every opportunity to impact the vote and so that he could hear directly from the board the specific issues at hand,” Brand said.

“He was given that chance and could not positively affect the outcome.”

Board member Michael Donlon was the only board member to vote against the reassignment.

“I had not been totally convinced the decision was correct, therefore I could not go along with it,” he said in an email.

“Granting tenure to someone is not a decision that is taken lightly,” board President Joan Minnuies said in an email.

Minnuies said that the decision was three months in the making and involved discussions with the district’s central office and Shallop.

“I feel that the information provided to the board by both the central office and Dr. Shallop himself has convinced the board that the decision we ended up making was the correct one,” she said….

This vague reasoning by BOE members is a little hard to swallow based on some of their comments. It seem as if the decision to reassign Shallop was made long in advance and no matter what he would have said to the Board in Executive session, his words would not have been convincing enough to change their minds and will remain a mystery until someone decides to break the silence and explain what really went on between Dr. Shallop and the BOE that lead to his reassignment.
Comments left on my previous post on this subject are full of speculation, name calling and innuendo as to the real reason why Anthony Shallop was stripped of his duties as Principal of High School South and reassigned back to his original teaching position that he had held before becoming principal a couple of years prior.
Some of the comments seem to have merit while others are a little farfetched, you can read them and decided for yourself which ones seem legitimate and which ones are bogus. The bottom line however, is that when the truth comes out someone will have egg on their face and will have some explaining to do.
The Independent posted online two letters that were sent them supporting Dr. Shallop in his fight to retain his position. The letter sent by Patricia Wood,Resident heartbroken over Board of Ed. action, was referred to in the article posted by the Independent, while the other written by Judy Krivitzky, Parent urges Mid’twn BOE to reconsider principal’s removal (An open letter to the Middletown Board of Education and Interim Superintendent Patrick Houston), collaborates and supports much of what is contained in Patricia Wood’s letter.
They are both worth reading, as is the article about the BOE defending Shallop’s reassignment. Somewhere in between the three, the truth lies.

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Middletown South Defeats New Brunswick 14-7 In CJ Group III Playoffs

At times, Middletown South played like an inexperienced team, but in the end, the young Eagles did what the Middletown South teams of the last decade do regularly: they won a playoff game.

Senior running back Chris Bungee scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:49 left and the No. 3 Eagles offense rose from the dead for a 14-7 victory over New Brunswick in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III quarterfinal on Friday night.



Middletown South will host Ocean in the sectional semifinals
Read the full story HERE from the Asbury Park Press

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Middletown South Defeats New Brunswick 14-7 In CJ Group III Playoffs

At times, Middletown South played like an inexperienced team, but in the end, the young Eagles did what the Middletown South teams of the last decade do regularly: they won a playoff game.

Senior running back Chris Bungee scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:49 left and the No. 3 Eagles offense rose from the dead for a 14-7 victory over New Brunswick in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III quarterfinal on Friday night.



Middletown South will host Ocean in the sectional semifinals
Read the full story HERE from the Asbury Park Press

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Lions, Eagles & Rockets Make High School Football Playoffs

Congratulations are in order for the three bayshore area High school football teams to make it into the NJSIAA football playoffs, both of Middletown’s high schools, North’s Lions and South’s Eagles and Hazlet’s Raritan Rockets, earned playoff berths this year. 

The NJSIAA will finalize the pairings and the schedule for the state football playoffs today. Below are the tentative pairings for the first round, which will start this weekend. 

Middletown High School North Lions @ West Windsor South
Middletown High School South Eagles -H against New Brunswick
Raritan High School (Hazlet) Rockets – H  against Delran
Go Lions ! Go Eagles ! Go Rockets ! 
Best of luck to all 3 teams this weekend.

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>Lions, Eagles & Rockets Make High School Football Playoffs

>Congratulations are in order for the three bayshore area High school football teams to make it into the NJSIAA football playoffs, both of Middletown’s high schools, North’s Lions and South’s Eagles and Hazlet’s Raritan Rockets, earned playoff berths this year. 

The NJSIAA will finalize the pairings and the schedule for the state football playoffs today. Below are the tentative pairings for the first round, which will start this weekend. 

Middletown High School North Lions @ West Windsor South
Middletown High School South Eagles -H against New Brunswick
Raritan High School (Hazlet) Rockets – H  against Delran
Go Lions ! Go Eagles ! Go Rockets ! 
Best of luck to all 3 teams this weekend.

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Beatlemania fundraiser Nov. 8 at Middletown High School South

A Beatlemania concert fundraiser will be held 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Middletown High School South Theater, 900 Nut Swamp Road. The event sponsored by Church of St. Leo the Great, Lincroft section of Middletown, will begin with an opening act followed by a two-hour Beatlemania show.

The fundraiser is for 24-year-old Sheri Nocelli, Lincroft, diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and recovering from a bone marrow transplant. She and her husband, Lucien, tour with the Beatlemania production, with Sheri as stage manager and Lucien portraying John Lennon.

The fundraiser will also feature raffles, door prizes and concessions, and all proceeds benefit the Nocelli family. Tickets are $30 each. For tickets or more information, call Lesson Laboratory for Musical Instruction at 732 889 4321 or visit www.BeatlemaniaStageShow. com.

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