Lacey Schools Superintendent Placed on Administrative Leave

Action took place at emergency Board of Education meeting Wednesday night

Lacey Schools Superintendent Sandra D. Brower has been placed on administrative leave with pay, Board of Education President Eric J. Schubiger said this afternoon.

Board of Education members voted unanimously to remove Brower at an emergency meeting called last night, he said.

"Due to a confidential personnel matter, I have no further comment at this time," Schubiger said. "The next few days there may be more details. That's all I can say right now because it's a personnel matter."

Board members also voted unanimously to appoint Assistant Superintendent Vanessa Clark as acting superintendent, effective immediately "until further notice,"  he said.

Brower was not present at last night's board meeting, Schubiger said.

Brower had previously served as assistant superintendent in the Wall Township school district before she began her stint in Lacey in November 2011.

"Wall Township afforded me a solid foundation in applying many high school reform initiatives," she said in an introduction letter to the Lacey community when she first began her job.

Brower worked with controversial former Wall Superintendent James Habel. Habel spent the last six months of his time in Wall out on medical leave. His Point Pleasant home was raided by members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office on Sept. 13, 2012, after he left Wall.

"I have had the privilege to serve Wall Township working alongside Dr. James Habel, Superintendent of Schools," she said before leaving the Wall district. "These past three years have been spent collaborating on how, together, we could improve our schools today and for the future."

Come back to Lacey Patch soon for more on this story.

Steve May 04, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Don't bet on that...
Steve May 04, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Didn't she phrase Hebel...da...she's up to her eyeballs in the same scandal, sometimes afeter a few months in prison...the birds start to sing all of the tunes !!
Steve May 04, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Follow the money...somebody got some !!
Steve May 04, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Wall didn't "GIVE" Lacey anything, the BOE wanted her... Da, and who got paid for that ?!?!?!?!
Steve May 04, 2013 at 10:34 PM
You need to open your eyes, she's not the only one who needs to be voted out...Just saying...
Steve May 04, 2013 at 10:44 PM
It's cheaper to pay her now than pay for her attorney(s) later, if she doesn;t have an income. the tax payers have to pay for her attorney...
Steve May 04, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Follow the MONEY....Lacey has been corrupt for MANY years, the problem is "MOST" of the people in Lacey are like a flock of sheep and believe everything the're told..AND that's why we MOVED !!!
Mr7Deez May 05, 2013 at 01:10 PM
I've been in this district for 10 years, our high school that has 47% of the kids even taking the SAT and still scoring below the state average needs help from OUTSIDE the district. I have no problem with her putting the right people in the right positions, tenure be damned. I hope she didn't do anything unethical or illegal. If she did, I hope we look for a star, in a better performing district
Jim Clean May 05, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Brower left Wall on fire, now she is out in Lacey (where Habel put her).Let's see who jumps ship in Lacey and Wall next, not that it will help. Stop her pay, we cant afford to pay any more no show positions.
Irina May 05, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Wrong Patch, wrong town. Go post on the Wall Patch. Honestly we DON'T care what's going on in Wall.
Joey Joe May 06, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Robert.... The author of the article states that Bower was placed on paid leave due to a confidential "PERSONNEL" matter.... Not "PERSONAL." Maybe Mr. Schubiger mis-spoke the word, and really meant "PERSONAL."
Joey Joe May 06, 2013 at 02:33 AM
I agree with Robert when he wrote that she should do "something" if she is still getting paid.. Painting, cleaning windows, toilets, floors -- whatever... How much does she make a year?, and they just GIVE HER HER PAY for doing NOTHING??????? Sounds like Lautenberg's gig...
proud May 06, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Still no comment?
Kelly Greene May 06, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Great, even Manchester High School is ranked higher than Lacey. Where are our tax dollars going? Looks like down the drain...
Resident of Lacey May 06, 2013 at 01:59 PM
MY question remains, why are we still paying her, for that matter why do we pay any of them to waste our money?
stevo May 06, 2013 at 05:03 PM
This has to do with Habel, the old super in Wall,nj she didnt know anything about him so to put pressure on her to talk about him they indicte her, the real loosers in this are taxpayers, they have spent over $1 million investigating this case on Habel already meanwhile he was due his pay, Mrs Brower is an excellent leader and many who are her accusers are former employees which she had to fire based on other legit reasons
Brian May 06, 2013 at 08:14 PM
UPDATE: Sandra Brower Pleads Not Guilty to Charges She Failed to Report Possible Sex Abuse of 4-year-old
NJ_Taxpayer May 07, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Not working but still getting paid. Hmmm. If I don't work I don't get paid. She should be made to take vacation time or other personal time if she wants to be paid. If that runs out furlough her without pay.
proud May 07, 2013 at 03:44 AM
@ stevo, I'd like to hear the Unions' take on "the legit reasons."
KC May 07, 2013 at 04:26 AM
The corruption of the school boards is so rife and pervasive one need not wait a lifetime to smell a stench. THE SCHOOL BOARDS STATEWIDE ENGAGE IN UNFAIR, NEPOTISTIC HIRING PRACTICES THAT ARE UNEQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO THOSE WHO ARE QUALIFIED AND SINCERE. There should be an application process and an active out of work list for all education professionals in lieu of hiring for political favors. Lacey chewed up Wall's refuse like a hungry rat.
KC May 07, 2013 at 04:31 AM
The union has nothing to do with this issue. It is the private collusion, nepotism and corruption.
KC May 07, 2013 at 04:33 AM
That is because nobody cares about or supports the teachers. IMHO of course.
KC May 07, 2013 at 04:38 AM
The right people in the right positions are entry level, low-salaried (bottom of the guide) newbies or political lackeys, not qualified, experienced teachers, and THAT, Mr 7 is part of the reason Why Johnny Can't Read.
JMS May 07, 2013 at 01:15 PM
you guys can keep her; Wall does not want her she clearly has a personal agenda (hence her big pay check and free health for life) does she have kids? Maybe carma will rear her ugly head... just sayin
Cathi May 07, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Jim Clean - do your comments about Mr. Simon mean that you will be applying for his position, if it were to become available. If you believe poor test scores happen and/or are corrected in one year, that's not possible. What are your qualifications to make such comments about him?
TheGreatHoax May 08, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Coming soon to a school near you! Common Core courtesy of the Feds, Crispy Creme Christie and clueless BOE's. They accept what the feds shove down our throats as long as they get more $$$$. Ask the BOE on Friday if they have a clue what "Common Core" has in store for the precious children! Just a little sample: Common Core Suggested Novel for 9th and 10th graders per Georgia and Alabama Reports: Graphic Sex and Praising Castro! http://frontpagemag.com/2013/mary-grabar/common-core-exemplars-graphic-sex-and-praising-castro/#.UYjUVfKn1pE.facebook
Louise May 09, 2013 at 11:19 AM
stevo....Sure...That is a bunch of bull...To many know when you go against an administrator or a teacher who you knowingly did something wrong and you tell them you will go to authorities they will get rid of you. That is how it works. If you report it or considered a whistle blower they will turn it all around and make it look like it is a crazy employee with an all of a sudden is a bad employee or a crazy parent who is denial. The only ones I see in denial is all these administrators, some teachers, the schools in general.
Louise May 09, 2013 at 11:26 AM
They definitely need to get after him. He should be the next one down the river. They need to get after all these principals too. The BOE has enough information against them to get rid of them. If they are not qualified should be enough. If there is that many legitimate complaints about a principal get rid of them.
Louise May 09, 2013 at 11:29 AM
The schools in general in NJ is corrupt. I am sure Lacey has or had their own problems and corruption going on. It just might have kept out of the media and under the carpet still. If James Habel was an employee at one time that says it all.
Louise May 09, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Don't believe any of them. Looks are deceiving....They all put on a show.


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