09 Feb: Lesniak Introduces Measure To Remove Accused Board Of Education Members

TRENTON – Citing an Old Bridge case where a school board member has been charged with luring a minor, Senator Raymond J. Lesniak yesterday introduced legislation to allow for the immediate and total removal of any school board member who has been charged with a crime of the first, second or third degree that involves a minor.

“We have to recognize that when a school board member is charged with any crime involving a child, their service is called into question,” said Senator Lesniak, D-Union. “For the sake of the other members serving honorably and without the taint of scandal, we need a mechanism in place where the charged member can be quickly removed from office. We have to take a zero-tolerance policy, especially given the school board’s role of helping to shape the minds of young people in the district.”