According to a NJ state law passed last May, all School Board members had to have completed criminal background checks and been fingerprinted by Dec 31. And 8 out of Hoboken's 9 BoE members did.
The exception: Maureen Sullivan.
And as of the evening of the Tuesday, Jan 10th Board meeting, Sullivan had NOT been approved- until this message was emailed to Superintendent Toback at 5:08pm at on Tuesday evening:
Well, that was a surprise!
Because Toback had received a fax on January 8th saying Sullivan was "non-compliant" with state law and would have to "cease serving immediately" as a Board member.
So HOW did she do it? How did she manage to swing this 11th hour miracle from a state bureaucracy? Did she have help?
GA OPRAed one month of email communications from Carl Carabelli, the Manager of the DoE's Criminal History Review Unit (CHRU), regarding the Sullivan matter. Last month.
I just received it back- 19 pages. That's right. A mad flurry of communications from Sullivan and parties at the DoE, a desperate effort to spare her the embarrassment of being unseated at January 10th BoE meeting.
I'll share some.
Start with the one on Friday morning from Helene Leona at the Education Commissioner's Office.
Check out what Sullivan told her: "the Board is trying to get rid of me to pass things through". Huh? Um, didn't the BoE Agenda pass 9-0 at the next meeting? So, she relayed this paranoid excuse to the Commissioner's Office. I guess she didn't want to say she was too lazy to get off her caboose and take care of it like everyone else did on the Board. Except her.
Then look at Pam Castellanos' reply.
Here's one from Carl Carabelli later on Friday, Jan 6.
This is confusing. I thought Sullivan got her fingerprints done on Jan 5? But MorphoTrak told Carabelli on Jan 6 that Sullivan "has not scheduled an appointment". GA was told that Board members were not allowed to use another company. So what does that mean???
Well, Carbelli sounds none too sympathetic: "Further she had 6 months to apply!!!!" (4 exclamation points)
Well, here's one from Sullivan herself, Tuesday afternoon, less than 4 hours before the meeting; she implored the State to send something to override their Jan 6 directive, the one for her to step down.
What does this tell you?
Sullivan made a huge ruckus- with threats (to take her grievances to the Commissioner) to pull strings denied to those less... hysterical.
And in the whole episode, did anyone catch a moment of contrition or remorse for her failure to follow the rules others did?