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Muly Resigns From Manasquan School Board

Board president to address resignation at tonight's meeting

Christine Muly on Tuesday resigned from the Manasquan Board of Education, officials said. 

Muly, who has not attended several of the board's recent meetings, sent her letter of resignation to the school board office, President Michelle LaSala confirmed Tuesday. 

Muly is the fourth board member to resign since the beginning of last school year after Trish Brown and Jim Smith  in May, and Pete Kenny resigned last fall. 

Muly could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday afternoon. 

LaSala said she would comment on Muly's resignation letter once it is made public at , scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Elementary School (preceded by an open sesson at 6 p.m. to discuss the district's goals for next school year). 

Muly last month with borough police alleging harassment by fellow member Mike Shelton, roughly a month before his appointment to fill one of two seats vacated by Brown and Smith. 

Shelton, according to the police report and other documents, sent an email to board Attorney R. Armen McComber in early June asking Muly to resign or he would file various criminal and ethics charges against her. 

A subsequent county investigation revealed that, because Muly was a public figure, Shelton was within his legal right to ask for her resignation. 

Muly also alleged harassment from sitting board members in January as her reason for .

While Brown and Kenny had cited personal/family commitments and work-related conflicts, respectively, as their reasons for stepping down, Smith's resignation letter cited "philosophical, educational and personal differences" with the board at-large.

LaSala on Tuesday said that, despite the recent resignations, the board was "functioning well.

"We've made a lot of changes in the last couple of months, and a lot of that goes to (the fact that) we were doing a lot of procedures and processes that were not correct. And when things started to have to be done the way they were supposed to, I'm not sure that sat well with everybody," LaSala said. 

The board president added that the board has "come a long way" since she was elected more than a year ago. 

"We actually conduct business, and a lot of the personal drama that seems to seize control of what often gets reported takes away, I think, from what we're actually doing," LaSala said.

When asked why the board has seen four resignations since the beginning of last school year, LaSala said she couldn't speak for anyone else, adding that the "dramatic" portrayal of board members' relationships in certain newspapers was not accurate. 

"I'm proud to be sitting with everybody I'm with now and I think we are moving the district forward, and I take offense when people say otherwise because I'm there and I know," LaSala said. "We do get business done and unfortunately that gets overlooked, and my hope is now that all the personal things are behind us." 

kf July 24, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Seems to me there must be some serious problems with the school board if 4 members quit in less than one year. Whoever has oversight over the school board should look into this and find out what the root cause is. It would be really nice if they could actually focus their energy on the students and taxpayers.
paulie July 24, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Yeah good luck with that kf. All these people know how to do is bicker (and of course spend our taxpayer dollars).
Local Gal July 25, 2012 at 02:11 AM
New board seems professional and mindfulness. I doubt we'll continue to see hidden million dollar surpluses, over priced bids, questionable board member behavior, failed student policies, or a stalled athletic facility.
Riley July 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Finally! She should have resigned over a year ago after the OPMA/surplus issues. I wouldn't necessarily attribute this recent rash of resignations to problems on the Board, but perhaps to actions of individual members.

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