Court orders new vote on school superintendent’s contract

Wall Township School Superintendent Cheryl Dyer. FILE PHOTO

WALL TOWNSHIP — A state appellate panel, ruling in a complaint brought by the union representing school district staff members, has ordered the Wall Township Board of Education to conduct a new vote on the current contract of Superintendent Cheryl Dyer.

School board president Allison Connolly said the board will review the decision during its executive session prior to the board’s next meeting at 7:30 p.m on Tuesday, March 19.

The judges agreed with the complaint, filed by the Wall Township Education Association [WTEA], that the school board had failed to comply with the public notice and public hearing requirements of state education law when it replaced Ms. Dyer’s unexpired contract in September of 2017 with a new one that raised her salary and extended the length of her employment by the district.

 Ms. Dyer stated: “I’m disappointed with the court’s decision, but respect and will follow the decision. When my contract was approved, my attorney and the Board’s attorney followed the advice received from the Department of Education through the Executive County Superintendent. They also relied on the language in the applicable regulation.”

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