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Suspended Triton Educators Still Drawing Paychecks?

State law is on the side of the five suspended Triton teachers and administrators as it relates to their incomes.

While the employment statuses of the five educators charged in the Triton Regional High School sex case likely won't be decided for several months, if not longer, many in the community have questioned whether the three teachers and two administrators are drawing paychecks while they're suspended.

The short answer: Probably, but not for much longer.

A certificated school staff member can only be suspended without pay if they've been indicted on criminal charges or if tenure charges have been filed by his or her school board, according to New Jersey law.

The Black Horse Pike Regional School District (BHPRSD) Board of Education meets Thursday night for the first time since the charges against its Triton faculty members were filed and announced Oct. 4.

Three teachers—Jeffrey Logandro, 32, Nicholas Martinelli, 28 and Daniel Michielli, 27—are charged with having sexual relationships with now-former Triton students between November 2011 and June 2012.

Each was suspended at various points late in the summer and at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year as the Camden County Prosecutor's Office investigation advanced.

Triton principal Catherine DePaul and former vice principal Jernee Kollock are charged with official misconduct for allegedly attempting to cover up allegations of teacher-student sex that surfaced in April.

DePaul and Kollock, who began working as vice principal at BHPRSD sister school Timber Creek on July 1, were suspended Oct. 3.

Kollock's transfer to Timber Creek was finalized on April 30, according to Braithwaite Communications, the Philadelphia public relations firm BHPRSD hired last Thursday.

School districts are not required by state law to withhold paychecks from suspended educators.

Educators can be suspended without pay for an indefinite period when indicted, but can only be suspended without pay for up to 120 days once tenure charges are filed. If a teacher has not been fired within 120 days of the initiation of termination proceedings by a school board, pay is restored.

But, short of an indictment or formal move by a school board to terminate employment, teachers and school administrators continue to draw paychecks while suspended, under state law.

Thursday's BHPRSD board meeting will be held at Timber Creek. The board is scheduled to meet for a workshop beginning at 6 p.m. The public session is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

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Hadenough January 12, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Hello
Schu January 12, 2013 at 09:00 PM
We are all still paying for these "teachers" to sit home.
Hadenough January 15, 2013 at 02:23 PM
The five arrested - teachers, principle and vice principle are technically " STILL" employed !!!! They are still receiving a paycheck ... The board legally can't fire any of them until they are indicted or plead guilty which NONE have done yet. If they plead not guilty and move forward, if a grand jury finds them guilty, they automatically do at least 5 years in jail ! I hope they are found guilty and thrown in prison. Our justice system is one that gives time to those charged to decide how they will plea. Its a game of " chicken". 3 months is LONG ENOUGH to have them sitting around, collecting our money. ALL A GAME !! Its not a game to those families dealing with the aftermath of what occurred. For all those parents out there that put blame on the girls, SHAME ON YOU !! You wouldnt be blaming them if one of them were your daughter. There is something terribly wrong with people today. No one wants to take responsibilty for anything. No one wants to get involved. Its apalling how many people knew about this long before it hit the news. They did NOTHING!! Disgrace!! Our kids are not safe ANYWHERE!
Schu January 31, 2013 at 04:06 AM
The BOE is mum and wants to sweep it under the rug. Meanwhile, we're paying for it.
Hadenough January 31, 2013 at 04:51 PM
The five educators charged in the sex scandal—teachers Jeffrey Logandro, 32, Nicholas Martinelli, 28, and Daniel Michielli, 27, and administrators Catherine DePaul, 55, and Jernee Kollock, 39—currently are suspended with pay.

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