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Muly: School Board 'Not Going in Right Direction'

Former board member cites 'internal discrepancies' as hindrance to job

Christine Muly, who on Tuesday became the latest member of the Manasquan Board of Education to , said in her letter of resignation that "internal discrepancies" were hindering the board from doing its job. 

Muly also cited an "environment of uncalled for accusations" as her deciding factor for resigning. She did not return a call for comment Tuesday.

Muly joins Trish Brown, Jim Smith and Pete Kenny on the list of school board members who have since the fall.

And while the reasons for resigning differ among each former member, Muly seemed to suggest the so-called discrepancies played a key role.

"This has also been apparent in the past from other recent resignations by good citizens of this community from the board," her letter, addressed to Board President Michelle LaSala, states.

Last month, Muly with Manasquan police alleging harassment after seeing a letter from board Member Mike Shelton, who was not yet on the board, asking her to step down or face various criminal, civil and ethics charges. Shelton was cleared by authorities of any wrongdoing. 

"This decision has not come easy and has been decided on due to the environment of uncalled for accusations that have developed in recent times," Muly said. "I do not feel the board is going in the right direction and my ability to serve properly has been hindered." 

LaSala, in a statement released Tuesday night, said she agreed there have been "uncalled for accusations," suggesting Muly was the actual culprit, and added that the former board member should have brought her concerns to the board before the police.

"I could not agree more with the statement Mrs. Muly made in her letter of resignation. There have been 'uncalled for accusations,' and I personally would have liked to have heard Mrs. Muly address those accusations. However, she chose to resign." LaSala said. 

The board president said she was looking forward to returning the public's focus to the regular business of running the school district. 

"Maybe now the media will start to report on the actual business that has been taking place at our meetings rather than distractions that had no place at the board table," LaSala said. 

Shelton, in a released statement, said, "I wish Chris (Muly) the best."

He also denied having anything to do with her resignation. 

"Had Mrs. Muly left the board quietly, prior to filing baseless police reports which falsely implicate district staff members, that would have been one thing. That option was clearly given to her," Shelton said. "Instead, she chose to embarrass the district, students and staff." 

Muly told police last month that Shelton's June email requesting her resignation stemmed from a past incident in which she allegedly spoke to Colleen Graziano regarding several children she had allegedly photographed vandalizing property and asked the principal to identify the kids, according to the police report. 

At the board's Tuesday meeting, LaSala told the public simply that Muly had resigned. Muly's letter was not read to the public. (The letter is attached to this article above.)

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

joe July 25, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Shelton is embarrassing the district, students and the staff!
Localreader July 25, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Oh really, Joe? And Muly hasn't done the same? I'm not surprised, nor am I saddened that she's leaving.
My3sons July 25, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Really Joe? Still defending your Mrs on this one? Who took illegal photos of district kids? Who blamed the principal? Who threatened district staff, students and parents? Who tried to ram a $30K / year increase and 5 year extension down our throats for the Superintendent? Who presided over an undisclosed $1.9MM surplus? Who threw all the MHS Admin under the bus and wanted their jobs cut? Who tried to fire the lawyer who finally brought some sanity to this group? Who built the crappiest and most insane discipline polices ever heard of? Who asked for a special resolution to ride on the bus with kids? That was the Muly and Brown show - certainly not Shelton, LaSala or anyone else up there. Show up at a meeting and state your case - oh that's right, you'd have to use your real name - "squandad" maybe? Muly said in January she was being harassed by fellow board members - was it your wife? Shelton certainly wasn't on the board then.
squanish July 25, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Chris Muly admitted nothing was accomplished while she was there, so this is no loss. She made a bad decision on June 6 based on the prior story here. She should have left then. Good for Mrs. LaSala with what she has accomplished. If a few people leave that are constantly embroiled in controversy, why does anyone care? Odd that a community would want their board to fail or be unsuccessful. Isn't it time to show support for people that control half our tax dollars and the welfare of our kids?
MHS Grad July 25, 2012 at 04:30 PM
The embarrassment Chris Muly caused this district is one thing but her family is another. Kudos to Heather Muly and Mike Shelton for having good dialogue and being respectful to one another during and after the meeting. Maybe Trisha Brown can have her family members write some more letters showing their disappointment in good people actually getting along.
GJD July 25, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Out with the old and in with the new.. Maybe they can be productive now...
paulie July 25, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Would this not be a classic example of addition by subtraction?
My3sons July 25, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Ego? Hardly. Bully? Menace? Strong words. File another police report. Attack board members who left? Who did that? The board is almost rid of those with personal agendas now. About time. Wouldn't you rather have a small group of good, trustworthy friends than a large consortium of backstabbing people that are two faced with no loyalty? Your camp started all this BS led by none other than Geri Margin. How'd that work for you? Better yet, how's it working out now for Mrs. Margin?
Penn Cross July 25, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Why are the photos 'illegal'?
Penn Cross July 25, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Small town politics are the worst.
Waverider July 26, 2012 at 01:44 AM
ask the district employee whose son she took pics of and falsely accused if the photos are legal or not. better yet, ask the principal who she accused of identifying the children. why does everyone pussy foot where the muly's are concerned?
Penn Cross July 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM
That doesn't answer my question. I have no idea who's son is who. Nor do I know Mrs. Muly. All I know is what I read in the local paper and accusations back and forth here. I'm sure I'm not the only one who would like to hear unbiased facts.
placekicker July 27, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Nor mine. Charlie, what do you know here, anything? Seems like a good question for the board attorney or president. Why are they mum on this subject which has been a news topic here for a while now? Did Muly photograph juveniles and implicate the administration, or, did Shelton make unfounded allegations?

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