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Judge Orders Jeff Simon Removed as Manalapan HS Principal

The initial decision by an administrative law judge has been filed with the Commissioner of Education for review.

In-Depth: Breakdown of Judge's Ruling Ordering Removal of Manalapan HS Principal

An administrative law judge ordered Manalapan High School Principal Jeff Simon removed from his position.

Judge Donald J. Stein's initial decision, which was filed on Tuesday, Jan. 22, upheld many of the tenure charges Freehold Regional High School District made against Simon in February 2012.

The tenure charges brought against Simon alleged that he violated district polices, regulations, and procedures which endangered students and employees, or related to the mishandling of student activity funds.

The judges decision has been filed with New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf. Cerf can adopt, modify or reject this decision. If the commissioner does nothing within 45 days, the Office of Administrative Law judge decision is upheld.

‪"Based on the record, I find and conclude that the respondent if left in this position would continue to ignore policy and do what he wanted,”‬ the decision read. 

Of the three charges filed against Simon, one was dismissed. Four of the five counts within the first charge were sustained, while one was dismissed and five of the seven counts within the second charge were sustained and two were dismissed. 

The Freehold Regional High School District was represented by Nichols Celso, III of Schwartz, Simon, Edelstein, and Celso LLC; Simon was represented by Stuart J. Moskovitz, Esq.

Jerry February 02, 2013 at 03:53 AM
George, it appears that your comment is a response to my post above. Not really sure what your note has to do with what I wrote. If you're trying to convince me that the whole board is broken, you don't have to work too hard. The reality is that while there are good, bad and even terrible and exceptional teachers, that rarely translates into a good administrator. Teachers are not exposed to the business world where they must perform or be gone. Administrators fall into the same category. If you want an effective board, populate it with people from outside of the education sector. Of course, that will never happen.
the font February 02, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Mr. Simon, by all accounts, seems to be a personable, friendly and well liked person. It's fine for folks to say that. But it cannot be used as a defense and to ignore the facts that were presented. If he had worked at a bank or department store...he would have been fired. Ignoring what went on would be condoning his actions. That is not a lesson that can be taught to our children. It is a shame that is happened, but it was brought on Simon himself. He needs to learn from his mistakes, accept them and get on with his life.
Jerry February 02, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Perfectly stated by the font. The current and former students who have posted will realize as they move through college and into their careers that those of us "old folks" who have posted here (well most of us anyway (-:)) were right.
Valeriya Gersh March 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM
As a former student, I disagree, Mr. Simon directed a zoo, not a school. Many students did what ever they wanted, getting out of classes for "student council" or "pep rallys". Where is the education? Many students just roamed the halls and some teachers did not even properly teach because they weren't being forced to. The worst part is that the parents were okay with it. This is a school, students should be here to LEARN, not just to learn science and math and stuff, but to learn life skills like timeliness, responsibility, and work ethic. Just because your kids were happier when this place was a free-for-all doesn't mean that the school was better off.
Valeriya Gersh March 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM
And for the record, I am not defending the current administration, nor the board, and i have nothing personal against Mr. Simon, but change is needed. This is a school, and we need educators. I'm actually not a fan of the way things are being changed, but I believe that the preview status quo was not an acceptable way to handle an educational institution.

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