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Middle School Assistant Principal Resigns

School board grants Jay Eitner two-month leave of absence prior to resignation.

Assistant Principal Jay Eitner has resigned from his position in the district, and will be replaced by former Dean of Students Philip Kinney.

The board of education held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon, voting unanimously to grant Eitner a two-month leave of absence–effective Aug. 21 through Oct. 21–with his resignation effective immediately following.

The board would not disclose the reason behind Eitner’s decision or need for the leave of absence and resignation, only that it was for personal reasons.

Eitner has been in the assistant principal capacity in the district since 2010, recently completing his second full year at the Middle School.

Prior to joining Washington Township, Eitner was an American History teacher for six years in East Brunswick, and a classroom teacher at St. Joseph the Carpenter School for three years before that.

‘Hit The Ground Sprinting’

The board also approved the hiring of Philip Kinney as the interim assistant principal. The former dean of students will begin in his new role Wednesday.

“With a resignation coming so late in the summer,” Superintendent Jeff Mohre said, “we wanted someone familiar to the school. (Kinney) is a respected leader in the school community.”

Kinney's former position was eliminated before the start of the 2010-11 school year due to budget constraints.

Middle School Principal Mark Ippolito said the school was still on schedule to open without any problems, and echoed Mohre’s sentiments about Kinney.

“Being able to open on time is the catalyst behind (Kinney),” Ippolito said. “He’ll be ready to hit the ground sprinting.”

Kinney was hired at a per diem rate of $400 with no health benefits. Eitner’s salary was $80,000 in the 2010-11 school year.

The first day of school for Washington Township is Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Rita Carraher August 22, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Phil Kinney is an outstanding educator who I had the pleasure of working with in the past within the middle school. Long Valley Middle School is very fortunate to have him return to the community. My best wishes for his continued success within the school. Rita Carraher
Joe Costantino August 22, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I certainly hope (because the article doesnt specify) that the leave of absence is unpaid. As a tax payer, I'd be upset to think we handed a two month paid vacation to an employee who is headed for another position. Joe Costantino
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Joe - Thanks for the comment. The leave of absence is paid, as it is part of Eitner's contract (as with many faculty member contracts). There was no mention, however, of the former assistant principal leaving for a different position. The matter was classified as a personal situation by the district, as stated in the article.
Thomas Lotito August 22, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Mr. Kinney is double dipping, he retired a couple of years ago and is collecting a pension.
Claire August 22, 2012 at 07:16 PM
What? We're paying 2 months salary to Eitner for quitting his job 2 weeks before school year???? Why? this isn't severance pay. or is there more to the vague story. What a waste and he should be embarrassed.
Claire August 22, 2012 at 07:43 PM
That does not mean he can't work again! Many people retire and come back as consultants in the private sector.
LVrandomname August 22, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I love double dipping.
Thomas Lotito August 24, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Claire, retiring and with a public pension and then coming back to your public sector job @ $400 a day is raping the taxpayer.
Claire August 24, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Thomas, They need to hire someone to do the job anyway. It may as well be someone who knows what they are doing. What do you want, the guy to come in and volunteer for a year?!?
Indoor Outdoor August 24, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Retirees in any profession can return to work in whatever endeavor they so choose and for which they are eligible. It does not matter that Mr. Kinney has retired from the school system to which he is returning for the coming school year. The salary would be paid to whoever was taking the position. That he can step into the job and immediately know what to do is nothing but a plus for everyone at the school with no down time to "train" a new individual. He was a superb administrator, and it is a huge advantage to both students and staff that he will once again be with us for the 2012-13 school year.

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