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Suspended WHS Supervisor Demoted to Iselin Middle School Teacher

Brian Russo has been reassigned as a special education teacher.

The Board of Education announced Brian Russo's contract as Supervisor of Guidance and Special Education at WHS would be terminated and he would be reassigned as a special education teacher at Iselin Middle School. Credit: Nicole Bitette
The Board of Education announced Brian Russo's contract as Supervisor of Guidance and Special Education at WHS would be terminated and he would be reassigned as a special education teacher at Iselin Middle School. Credit: Nicole Bitette
Brian Russo, who was suspended as supervisor of guidance and special education at Woodbridge High School, has been reassigned as a special education teacher at Iselin Middle School.

The 12-month contract Russo held as supervisor of guidance and special education was terminated with cause, Board Attorney Jonathan Busch said. The board declined to comment further saying it is a personnel issue. 

He was reassigned a Special Education teaching position at Iselin Middle School, Busch added.

His salary was held at $73,162, which is what he would have been paid as a special education teacher for the 2012-13 school year, according to Busch.

Russo was suspended on June 13 pending an investigation, according to the personnel report distributed at that evening’s Board of Education meeting.

Russo, a Woodbridge High graduate, resigned as the school’s head football coach last summer to take the guidance/special education department supervisor position for this school year.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Zega has 10 days to inform Russo in writing of the reassignment, Busch stated.

WC509 June 28, 2013 at 06:57 AM
This story is incomplete - suspended and demoted for cause ? What did he do wrong ????
mrszzano June 28, 2013 at 09:39 AM
"The board declined to comment further citing personnel reasons." What exactly does that mean? Are we left to draw our own conclusion? If he was investigated, and exonerated, he would be continuing in the supervisory position. If the cause was something immoral, should he still be working with, and teaching our children? If it was something unethical, should he be rewarded with a $73K job?
Jojo June 28, 2013 at 09:55 AM
Your hard-earned tax dollars at work. Get rid of ALL unions already.
WC509 June 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Something is wrong when the public and the parents have no idea what this individual did to deserve a demotion and transfer - the parents of the children this individual will be instructing next year should demand an explanation...........
Mar Ross June 28, 2013 at 02:01 PM
I agree with Mr.Lesko. How about telling the tax payers of Woodbridge why Mr.Warren was made to leave and also the assistant vice-principal's wrong-doings, too.
Nicole Bitette (Editor) June 28, 2013 at 02:03 PM
An update on the investigation, which is now complete can be found as the main story on the homepage titled, "WHS Probe Complete, More Personnel Action to be Taken, Attorney Says"
OFFICIAL BUSINESS June 28, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Breaking news from the Woodbridge BOE, More LIES for the Woodbridge Tax Payer, Never the Truth.
stephen mckessy June 29, 2013 at 09:07 AM
Demotion are you freaking for real? A teacher job wow wish I could get doted and get a job like that any other job you would be fired! If it was the cheating scandal he should be fired isn't that like stealing? Boe corruption at its worst remember these fools at the next election!

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