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Woodbridge School Superintendent is Out on December 1

John Crowe will be leaving his superintendent post, but not the Woodbridge school district.


Woodbridge Schools Superintendent John Crowe will be officially leaving his position as superintendent on December 1, but he won't be leaving Woodbridge.

The superintendent, who was a former school principal before he was superintendent, will be returning to that job in the school district.

The Woodbridge Board of Education announced last week at a BOE meeting that they would be opening up a search for a new superintendent for the school district. 

Crowe said at the meeting that he declined to reapply for his superintendent position, although the board invited him to do so.

Crowe will not be leaving the district, said BOE attorney Jonathan Busch. 

The superintendent will "return as an elementary school principal," Busch said.

So far, though, there is no indication what school Crowe will be in charge of.

The ouster of Crowe follows a round of cheating scandals throughout the district at schools from elementary to high school level. In August, three teachers and two principals were suspended in the wake of a state investigation of cheating on standardized tests.

That followed the sudden resignation of the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in early August.

The BOE "has a lot on its plate," Busch said. That includes more than just the superintendent search, since the investigations into cheating in the district isn't over.

The board also intends to put together a 'corrective action plan' to make sure that cheating doesn't happen again.

At this point, "it's not clear what the board will decided to do. They are having extensive discussions with respect to the direction they'll take in the next few months," Busch said.

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NotInKansasAnymore September 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Well I am "disheartened" to hear this news. Think he should be out completely on Dec. 1. Not just because I can't stand him but because he did the wrong thing. So now to answer the question on the other Patch article titled "Do you think a new Superintendent will change anything?" my answer now would be NO. If they insist on keeping him (they being the BOE) then I think they are stating clearly they are still up to their same old tricks. And if they're only keeping him on because of tenure and not being able to get rid of him then this should go to show everyone how bad this whole tenure garbage is. What a racket they have going! You could really stink at your job but we"ll gaurantee you get to keep it anyway till you retire!
stephen mckessy September 26, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Fire him save us some money he was in charge he should be the first to go
So Much to Say September 26, 2012 at 02:10 PM
If I'm reading "tunure" rules correctly...Crowe will be returned to another position (principal) in which he is tenured as but will retain the salary of the superintendant. He will be the highest paid principal in Woodbridge.
adell Halls David September 26, 2012 at 02:43 PM
If they stop employ family and friends, things will be better.
olga bocchiaro September 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Only in Woodbridge. Just keep being complacent when election time rolls around and keep your wallets open for tax increases to keep feeding these crooked people.
K10 September 26, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I really feel the people of woodbridge should start fighting this!
Tom Maras September 27, 2012 at 01:14 PM
As the Crow Flies! Part 1 of 2 Having left his lofty “Crowes' Nest”, the crow looked for a soft landing. Thanks to his CONTRACT and tenure, he will have one. But the new nest, perhaps School#23, may not be as warm and secure as the crow would like. Crows have predators, like the fox on the ground and the owl in the air. And in this case, sharks in Woodbridge and turkey vultures out of Trenton. So why the “mob” calls for blood, our system of justice (the one that says a person is innocent until proven guilty) must and will be played out in a legal way. When that process is finished, those found guilty will be punished. In the interim, the mob will have to keep sharpening its knives and practicing tying hangman’s knots to sate its blood lust .
Tom Maras September 27, 2012 at 01:15 PM
As the Crow Flies! Part 2 of 2 So the chanting is changing from “The Crow Must Go!” to the “BOE Must Go!” . Go where, there are only three seats up for re-election this year, with only five candidates vying for them. Of the five, three are incumbents. Many consider one of those three incumbents a McCormac clone, and I don’t mean Judy or Larry. As to the remaining two candidates, Mr. Capatano has a Masters and has taught in the Woodbridge School system. The other candidate, Mr. Harris, is employed as a aide to Assemblyman Coughlin (lawyer Coughlin also works for the McCormac Administration as the Township’s Municipal Lawyer ). Reportedly, Mr. Harris is single and has no children. Candidate Harris’ father is said to be a retired Woodbridge police officer, you was rehired by the WPD to review traffic cam recordings. His mother works for the BOE as a secretary. Remember folks, the BOE approves Contracts; voters approve the Board, when they are interested enough to vote.
Al McDorman September 27, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Some people care about presidential races, but on the local level it always seems to be the fallout of apathy.
Gordo K September 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Maybe he knows of a skeleton or two in the BOE's closet.
defrauded September 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM
he will help the primary school kids cheat now an experienced in this art
defrauded September 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM
i agree
Kay Smith September 29, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Couldnt agree with you more Kansas. This district is a disgrace. How dare they get rid of the others and not Crowe. Well, I hope if those teachers lose their teaching licenses they sue the BOE and Crowe because he is just as guilty if not more. They cheated under his command which he new about! What possible reasonable explanation can they give for keeping him in the district AND keeping his high salary! What a disgrace. His own girlfriend was cheating, you can't tell me he didn't know and now all of a sudden she is claiming innocence. To late, you already admitted it!

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