O.C. Schools OK Separation Agreement With Computer Technician

first_imgOcean City High SchoolThe Ocean City Board of Education recently approved a separation agreement with a computer technician who consented “to cooperate with the district in terms of any further investigation related to his employment with the district.”Richard J. Fognano made $51,745 annually in the Ocean City School District before his employment was terminated last month. He was hired by the district in January 2011.“In consideration of the terms herein, the Board agrees to convert Mr. Fognano’s separation of employment with the Board to a resignation with an effective date of June 24, 2015,” according to the separation agreement signed July 13 by Fognano and July 22 by Board President Joe Clark.The full board approved the separation agreement at its July 22 meeting.School district officials cannot and would not comment on personnel matters, and personnel records are generally not available to the public.But because the public pays the salaries of school employees, state open records law requires certain information to be made available, including name, title, salary, length of service, date of separation and the reason for such separation.OCNJ Daily received the separation agreement through a N.J. Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request. An earlier OPRA request filed with the district listed Fognano’s reason for separation only as “termination.”OCNJ Daily attempted to reach Fognano through a publicly listed telephone number, but the call was not returned.The separation agreement does not specify the reason for Fognano’s departure.“Both parties agree and acknowledge that this Agreement does not constitute an admission of any kind by either party,” the agreement states.The separation agreement includes no information whatsoever indicating whether or not Fognano’s employment is related to an ongoing investigation by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crimes Unit.Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor said Tuesday that the investigation related to the Ocean City School District continues. He would not speculate on when it might conclude.“The Ocean City School District has been been working with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and special forensic investigators,” Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said last month in a written statement. “Since this is an ongoing investigation, we are not at liberty to share details about the alleged incident at this time. I can, however, tell you that our students were in no way involved or affected. I appreciate your patience as we work closely with our external partners for a timely resolution and move forward with our 2016 school plans.”last_img

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