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Rumson Parents Prep Rally for Teacher

Dubbed 'The Real Housewives of Rumson,' a group plans to bring the board of ed and superintendent to task over not renewing a teacher's contract

This story was updated after Rumson-Fair Haven Patch was informed that an email circulated on behalf of a parents' group Monday had claimed participants who had not agreed to be included in it. We apologize for any inconvenience to those named.

A group of  parents say they will take on the Board of Education tonight over its recent decision not to renew the contract of a popular third grade Deane Porter School teacher.

They pledge to turn out in force at the 8 p.m. board meeting at .

A contingent of parents has fanned a firestorm of rage at Rumson Schools Superintendent Maryrose Caulfield-Sloan for what they allege is unprofessional behavior toward the teacher, them and students in this matter and others. 

“What began as a quest to seek answers about the non-renewal of a beloved third-year teacher quickly became ugly when the superintendent told several parents, ‘I guess I'm getting a taste of The Real Housewives of Rumson ...’’’ said an email circulated to Patch and other media outlets today under the name of realhousewiferumson@aol.com.

According to the email, many parents, some under the banner of “The Real Housewives of Rumson,” are expected to show up at tonight’s meeting. 

Caulfield-Sloan could not be reached for comment.

“The Rumson community last night was robbed last night of a superb teacher,” said Brian Furry, a representative of the NJ Education Association (NJEA) on the matter, in an emailed message circulated to parents after a special meeting on the matter June 20.

Furry also said that one board member at the meeting made a motion to renew the teacher's contract. The motion was not seconded, so the non-renewal stuck.

According to Furry’s emails, the board has 30 days in which to explain its reasons for not renewing the teacher's contract for the coming school year.

Jenna UU June 25, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Do your homework on Caulfield-Sloan. She was run out of other towns before. I can't believe this Board hired her in the first place. Shame on them!
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) June 25, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Commenting is encouraged, especially in controversial situations like this; however, making statements without solid proof can be libelous. So, please be careful with what you are saying. Otherwise, comment away ... ;)
Cute Tickle June 26, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I'll be filing suit along with my toenails.
Caros June 26, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Sounds like that entire email circulating with those types of statements is filled with slander and libelous content. I think you are smart to warn people
NicoleG June 26, 2012 at 11:02 AM
I think this article is full of libelous content but guess what, here it is. Guess what, we are not going to stand for that type of bullying mindset from a superintendent or from members a the Board of Education.
moneywhereyourmouthis June 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Everyone who disagrees with the BOE and Superintendent had the right to throw their hat into the BOE election ring early this June. Sadly only one person is challenging for a spot to be on Rumson's BOE, leaving one spot open. Had these parents done their homework, they could have been on the docket for the next election, hopefully winning and then they could go about making the changes they are looking for. Instead, three incumbents are running with one newcomer, Bill Loughran. Given this situation with the teacher getting fired long before the June deadline, these parents had the opportunity to go in get elected and go about making changes.
Dave T June 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM
yawn
SarahWo June 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM
You sound like a real representative of the people. Just another egotistical loudmouth sitting on a board.
moneywhereyourmouthis June 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM
I do not sit on any board. I just know that many people are quick to criticize and won't actually do any work to make change. If one of these parents really wanted to make a change, they would first try to change the BOE - and that means running in an election, hopefully getting voted in and then go about making the change, but that takes time.
concerned parent June 26, 2012 at 01:48 PM
The commumity is concerned. An outstanding teacher was let go and was given a statement of reasons for non renewal that contradicted her four years worth of evaluations and observations. Without documentation or notices in her file why was she let go? Close to 100 teachers, parents and students came out to speak on her behalf and show their support. The people in the community feel we were not heard.
Martha N June 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Why do I need to run for a seat on the board to express that I am distraught over how this whole situation was handled. To top it off, watching the superintendent smirk as the teacher was let go was very concerning. You spun like one of the BOE plants who spoke up last night. How sad.
Sandyw June 26, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Bullying tactics from this BOE are incredulous! You should witness the behaviors during past meetings!!!
anonmom June 26, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I will be lynched for saying this by the "real house wives" but I am with the group lets move on, I was at the meeting I did not see any bullying by BOE --just different opinions from the crowd. This group is over the top--but bring on the pitchforks
michelle dibernado June 26, 2012 at 06:19 PM
there are plenty of parents that did not want her to be renewed either ... they just did not come out to support her
michelle dibernado June 26, 2012 at 06:19 PM
there are plenty of parents that were in support of non-renewal but did not show up at the meeting
Gloria Ben June 26, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I've been at past meetings where the BOE shouted down comments from the public. Interestingly enough this one was quite tame and a couple of key people were noticeably absent.
MargeVee June 26, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I'd like a full background report on the current superintendent. Past roles, reasons for separating with other districts, timlines, etc. If we see this I think you'll witness an interesting pattern forming.
In the Know June 27, 2012 at 02:55 AM
If she had been there for 4 years, then she is tenured so tenure charges would have to show a documented history of poor teaching or inappropriate behavior or the like. There would have to be a course of correction or improvement that would have to be followed unless the charges brought against her were too heinous to warrant this. All this being said, as tax payers, you are entitled to know the truth. Seek this out!
Tired of board arrogance June 30, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Not if she was a replacement teacher for a year.... If she is so bad they should have never let her stay so long.... Politics more involved than her abilities...

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