Wednesday, June 22, 2016


It's getting to the point of absurdity how much the school district is delaying its investigation into claims of harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB), by Columbia High School baseball coach Joe Fischetti.

Dating back two years, Fischetti has been accused of several instances of alleged bullying of players. In one case, prompting a lawsuit that is still in the courts and has already cost us at least $15,000 in lawyer fees.

More background on that HERE.

The latest move was in February when the district hired Leroy Seitz, superintendent of the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District, for $5,000 to review its own investigation that had already found Fischetti and other coaches committed acts of bullying.

That hiring, on Feb. 26, was supposed to last no more than two to four weeks. After many delays, the last word was that it would be completed by this past Monday's board meeting, on June 20.

But at that meeting, Superintendent John Ramos said another delay would occur, claiming a witness that had not been available for months was now available and no update would occur until at least the next board meeting in July.

Would any organization or business accept this kind of bad management and delay in accountability? What if the school district delayed sending out report cards or paying teachers for five months as it has with this investigation? The superintendent would be fired.

1 comment:

John Harvey said...

Regardless of the coaches guilt or innocence, it seems unfair to the coach (and others) that they have been waiting for this situation to be resolved, through jumps and starts. The longer an accusation remains unsubstantiated the less likely it is for the accused to be found innocent in the court of public opinion. I say give a firm date for resolution and share the findings, or drop it.