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Mitchell May Return As Vice Principal If He Isn't Granted Tenure

Beloved administrator already has tenure as vice principal of Schuyler-Colfax Middle School. Mitchell was appointed interim principal in 2010. Lobbied for tenure as principal at a special hearing Monday night.

If the Board of Education decides not to grant Robert Mitchell tenure as principal, the administrator will have the option of remaining at as vice principal.

Mitchell pleaded his case for tenure to Superintendent Ray Gonzalez, the board, and other district officials .

Gonzalez recommended to the board earlier this year that Mitchell not be granted tenure as principal. The board took no action on the recommendation, said board President Donald Pavlak Jr. 

Mitchell requested the hearing after learning he would not be granted tenure.

Mitchell has tenure as vice principal, a position he held for 12 years before the board in December 2010. 

District officials did not say Tuesday afternoon whether or not the board has granted Mitchell tenure. Officials have three days to respond to Mitchell's testimony. 

Parents and teachers have publically expressed their support for Mitchell being granted tenure.

Al Scala May 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM
If Bob Mitchell does not get renewed as Principal, and a new principal begins this Summer, that means Schuyler will have its 4th principal in as many years. Now, let me clarify this. Dorothy Sherwood retired I believe in 2009. Frank Mobilio was Principal for about a year and a half, then retired. Bob Mitchell was made Acting Principal for the last half of the 2010-2011 school year and was Principal this year. This Summer a new Principal will begin. Is this the consistency and stability we want in our schools? Does this type of change affect our children? Is this amount of change in a short span of time good? Leadership is important. Is transient leadership good? I don't confess to know all these answers. I do know that having four different principals over the last four years is not favorable in my eyes. One person posting says change is good and we should not be afraid of change. Change is good sometimes if it's positive, and constructive. I guess we're going to have to wait and see what this new Principal will do and what he or she brings to our District, and to Schuyler. I think I'll take Potter's advice and embracet change and not be afraid of it! This November, I will be voting for change by voting out the 3 Trustees that are part of the in power faction! Remember this November. Change is good!
Nose Wayne May 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I think the people of this township should get together and get this clown that is causing all these problems OUT!! Send him back to his side show where he came from.This circus needs a new ringmaster!! PRINCIPAL MITCHELL MUST STAY AS PRINCIPAL MITCHELL!!! The BOARD TOOK NO ACTION? Tell me something everyone does not NOSE already!! REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!!
Nose Wayne May 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Superintendent Gonzalez,speaking of CHANGE? Name has been changed of the BOE(BRING OVER EVERYONE)
Taxpayer May 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM
When Sherwood retired, they never looked for a new principal because they owed Mobilio a job. You can say the same about superintendents as well. How many have we had since the crook Nuccetelli was fired? Let's see, Sico, Roth now our current one.
Al Scala May 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Taxpayer.....O.K. Is all this change, shuffling good? Sico began as an Acting Superintendent, then got appointed permanently. Roth was strictly acting. Nucitelli was a disaster. Sico was only permanent I think less than a year, and walked away with a pretty hefty buyout, at our expense. Actually, I thought Roth did a decent job, although there are some things he allegedly did or didn't do during that football fiasco which may show him in an unfavorable light. The one common denominator here is our BOE trustees,
Nose Wayne May 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
They didn't OWE mobilio his job back.He was cleared of charges that were brought against him.He never really lost his job, suspended without pay.
Nutridoll May 23, 2012 at 01:13 PM
If the last interim Superintendent didn't give in to pressure and put Mitchell in the position in the first place this wouldn't be an issue. He was passed over a few times for a reason. I think it's impressive that, for the short time he's been here, Gonzalez saw that he wasn't affective as a Principal and took action. Mitchell is a nice man and has been a good VICE-Principal.
Taxpayer May 23, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I wasn't implying guilt at all for Mobilio. I believe his innocence. He did lose his job but was kept on as a district employee. When he came to Schuyler, he had to constantly work under that cloud which could not be easy. However, I remember the firestorm when they announced his appointment 2 weeks before school started. That, I believe was intentional. Why would the board want to deal with that all summer when they could only deal with it for two weeks. I don't believe the constant shuffling is good, whether its superintendents, principals, or teachers. I do expect a high level of professional from all levels for the amount of money we are paying. All I can say is vote them out if you don't like them.
Al Scala May 23, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Remember this November......change is good!
Nose Wayne May 23, 2012 at 01:29 PM
It will be a November to Remember!!
Nose Wayne May 23, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Hey NUT,If you think he is a nice man and did a good job as Vice-Principal,then WHY don't you think he would make a good Principal? Gonzalez saw he wasn't effective?,He couldn't SEE if he had two telescopes strapped to his eyes!!
Rex miatke May 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Nut "HE WAS PASSED OVER FOR A REASON" ??? Please tell me what reason. Speak with the teachers and parents and they don't see the reason. Please, NUT, enlighten us
George May 23, 2012 at 04:31 PM
@ Taxpayer...Nucitelli was a real crook, what did she do? Subscribe to the wall street Journal on the BOE dime? I clearly recall the audit and they came up with nothing material. They were looking to run her out so everyone made mountains out of mole hills. If you ask me she was 100 times better than what we have and have had since.
Fight Now for Wayne Schools May 23, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Enough is Enough! He wants us to be like Hackensack so we will! Recall process has begun and petitions being created! Time is now! Look for information shortly on Facebook and other social media outlets! Story will break over the next two weeks!
Justice May 23, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Hackensack is recalling its' school trustees...Does Hackensack have more guts than Wayne? http://www.northjersey.com/hackensack/152852435_More_upheaval_for_Hackensack_as_group_launches_effort_to_recall_school_trustees.html
Fight Now for Wayne Schools May 23, 2012 at 06:17 PM
No they dont! Info will be out shortly! This can and will be done in Wayne! It will be easy, many districts have done the same!
Chicken Little May 23, 2012 at 06:57 PM
You are all a bunch of fruit loops, and this is the reason Wayne has the negative reputation it has. What you espouse is the infamous "Wayne Way." The superintendent has excellent credentials and experience (you all misunderstand his involvment in Paterson, and fail to recognize his experience and success outside of Paterson). He is going to get us to the next level. Stop clinging to the rocks, and be willing to swim!
Wayne taxpayer May 23, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Have we learned nothing from past experience in Wayne? It should definitely be considered a conflict of interest to have parents of children currently attending the Wayne school system sit on the board and dictate who stays and who goes. Mr. Mitchell has been a constant at Schuyler-Colfax through all the other transitions and it is his leadership that has carried the school through. The board is where change is needed - not Schuyler-Colfax - and I for one will be expressing that in November.
Al Scala May 23, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Fruit Loops. ?.......I've actually been called worse. You are certainly a pessimist but I guess that's good. As I've stated in my posts, I think Dr. Gonzalez is entitled to a year or two to establish himself and put his mark on this system. I'm willing to be patient. Do I agree with his position on Bob Mitchell. Absolutely not. I'm certainly not going to agree with everything he does. However, I do like him and think he will do a good job! As far as the Board is concerned? I will give them nothing. Their time is up! Do we tend to vent as you intimated some time ago in a post. You bet your backside we do. We're frustrated with this Board and it just keeps getting worse. The new policy about talking on agenda items or in the public session,. are they kidding me? Are they trying to keep us from talking and asking questions? Maybe they'll respond, maybe they won't. Are we in Russia? What ever happened to Public Work sessions? Gone by the wayside. Now everything is done by committee, behind closed doors. Transparency? I don't think they even know how to spell that word, nevermind they understand what it means! Any public entity should be an open book. They are the farthest thing from it. Why are they holding things so close! That scares me! There is an old saying. The fish stinks from the head. Our BOE trustees are the head!
Al Scala May 23, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Chicken Little.......Sorry. Correction. I meant an optimist!
Pad May 23, 2012 at 09:05 PM
No, He was suspended with pay. Found not guilty due to a lack of evidence in the case.
lc May 23, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Nose Wayne...love your saying!
lc May 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I am with you Al Scala...we need everyone to vote for CHANGE!!!!
Wayne taxpayer May 23, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Will information (petitions, etc.) be anywhere other than social media?
Chicken Little May 24, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Al, You beat me to the punch. I was going to protest that I am actually an optimist, not a pessimist.
Nose Wayne May 24, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Chicken, STOP choking your CHICKEN!!! Same BS,Different Name-Wayne BOE (BEND OVER EVERYONE)
Chicken Little May 25, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Dan Hubbard: Do you really think that Nose's comment (referencing masturbation and anal intercourse) is appropriate on this blog?

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