UPDATE: Parlapanides Wants To Apply For Berkeley Schools Super Position

Berkeley Board of Ed president says Parlapanides "not qualified" for job


Two school districts, one superintendent.

Central Regional Superintendent wants to apply for the soon-to-be vacant position in the Berkeley Township school district.

Having a shared superintendent would benefit students, staff and taxpayers, he said.

"My board has authorized me to apply," Parlapanides said Friday. "It benefits the kids in terms of curriculum, it benefits the taxpayers, we can buy supplies in bulk. It's a win-win."

Parlapanides said the board authorized him to apply if the position ever opened up. He said he is not interested in any salary increase by assuming the Berkeley superintendent duties. He is in the second year of a five-year contract with the Central Regional school district.

"I'm frozen at $151,000," he said. "That's what I want to make for the next four years."

Current Berkeley schools Superintendent said at the Board of Education meeting last night that he spoke to Parlapanides Thursday afternoon and Parlapanides said he was not interested in the Berkeley position.

Parlapanides said today he never told Vicari that.

"My board has authorized me to apply," he said.

Berkeley Board of Education President Steven M. Pellecchia said Friday he was upset over Parlapanides' statement that he never told Vicari he was not interested in the position.

"I'm shocked he would stoop to the level of calling my superintendent a liar," Pellechia said. "Mr. Vicari has an impeccable reputation for honesty. There's no reason for Mr. Parlapanides to say Joe would lie about what he said. I tend to believe Mr. Vicari."

Parlapanides did not accuse Vicari of lying. He denied he told Vicari he was not interested in the position.

Pellecchia also called the Central Regional school district a "failing school" in terms of test scores compared to the Berkeley school district.

"That's not what the board wants," Pellechia said. "Our board wants a superintendent that will maintain the reputation we have. In my heart, I really feel he's not qualified, even with a doctorate."

Parlapanides received his doctorate in executive education from Seton Hall University. He also has a masters degree in administration from Georgian Court University and a bachelors degree in history from Villanova University.

Pellecchia went on to say that Parlapanides could apply for the position and the board would consider his application.

Berkeley board members voted unanimously last night to hire Richard Morasco of Leadership Advantage to conduct a superintendent search. Morasco said the average time to find a new superintendent is six months. The amount of the contract was not announced at the meeting.

Vicari is leaving the district at the end of the school year.

Vicari - who is also a longtime Republican Ocean County freeholder - previously served as Berkeley schools superintendent for six years, until 2008 when a previous board refused to renew his contract. He has always contended the move was engineered by the Democratic majority on the board and was illegal.

returned to the district on April 1, 2011, at the state law minimum salary of $18,500. Vicari had offered to work for free but state law requires administrators be paid a minimum salary.

At the time, he said he would stay only one year, while the board looked for a permanent superintendent. He told the board in March to start looking for a new superintendent.

Scooter April 24, 2012 at 04:48 PM
foggyworld April 26, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Either Dr. P is crazy or he genuinely wants to lift up the academic level of our schools and I just hope it's the latter and if it proves to be too much of a job for one person that he has the sense to raise his hand and ask for help. It is in all of our interests to see him to very well.
D.Hof May 18, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Dr. P. is the man for the job. He puts every child in his schools before himself. He is out for the better in each and every student. He deserves this title. I'm sure it's not an easy job. It's gonna be a lot of work but he wants to take it on. He has improved Central Reg. in exponential amount of ways and there isn't anyone better. As one of Mr. P's students, back in the day, I saw first hand that he a blessing to the district. He continues to make us proud. Now having a child of my own I can't wait to see central and Berkeley Township school become one of the states and country's best schools because of Dr P!! My son has an extraordinary education to look forward to. I hope he fills the seat. Bottomline- there is no one that can do the job better. We all win. Our tax dollars are well spent, our school systems are going to soar (like Eagles) and our children will have the best education possible. Look to the future! My vote is with Dr. P! You are the man!
not playing the game September 29, 2012 at 02:50 AM
To bad news is Amato does not want to work with DR P what a shame save money for our town not his goal .
not playing the game September 29, 2012 at 02:54 AM
This man Dr P spends more dollars out of his own pockets than he spends on himself.


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