Manasquan rejects plea for change in school reopening

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MANASQUAN — A petition signed by 70 parents challenging the district’s plan for reopening schools next week prompted a meeting Monday between two of the petitioners and a group of school officials. However, Superintendent of Schools Frank Kasyan, who confirmed the session, said the reopening plan will remain unchanged.

The petition urged the district to start the school year with half days only at Manasquan Elementary School and to conduct a new survey of teachers and parents. Mr. Kasyan said that he and the district officials in the meeting then decided that both ideas “would cause more confusion than it would anything else.”

Mr. Kasyan said the meeting included himself, Eugene Cattani and Fred Sorino, president and vice president of the school board; Jesse Place, the assistant school superintendent and Peter Crawley, the district’s business administrator, as well as Justin Thompson and Cathy Rose, who represented the 70 petitioning parents.

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“I think their biggest premise was that they wanted to walk before we run,” Mr. Kasyan said.

The superintendent said he thought the meeting, which was held in-person and lasted about an hour, “went well.” Mr. Cattani added that the administration explained the reasoning behind the district’s plan to the parents and the safety protocols that would be implemented.

The parents who met with school officials have declined to comment on the petition and meeting.

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