Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Superintendent's Exit

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Superintendent's Exit

Article excerpt

GEOFFREY Zoeller resigned as superintendent of Westwood Regional schools last week. It was the right thing to do.

Zoeller's fate was sealed last year when he not only took home a district-owned generator to power up his house in Boonton after superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey and borrowed a district-owned truck to drive from Boonton to Westwood, but when he then went on a Florida vacation leaving the generator and the truck at his house.

There might have been a way out for Zoeller had he just borrowed the generator and said he needed it to ensure that he had power at home to oversee school operations. The school board and the community might have accepted that as a reasonable accommodation. But many New Jerseyans were without power after Sandy and many people struggled to find generators in the days and weeks that followed.

If having emergency power was so crucial to his work, Zoeller, who earned $212,982, could have purchased a generator in advance of the storm. The same could be said about needing a truck as well. Geoffrey Zoeller, meet the SUV. New Jerseyans who must travel to work in poor weather and earn far less money buy vehicles that navigate through floods and storms. …

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