The results of a vote taken earlier this month reveals that the Secaucus Board of Education voted to lodge tenure charge against suspended Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Robert Berckes.
Earlier this week, Secaucus Patch revealed the results of the vote, which passed 5-3 on August 6 but was kept from becoming public. The charges have now been sent to the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Controversies and Disputes, which will decide whether or not the charges are valid.
If the Department of Education agrees with the charges, Berckes would be stripped of tenure and fired.
Berckes was suspended in April after allegedly mishandling an incident with a student who was caught with a knife and marijuana. Berckes has argued that Superintendent Jennifer Montesano was aware of the incident and approved how it was handled. Montesano subsequently suspended Berckes and has moved to have him fired.
Recently the Board shuffled the school district’s principals, initially reassigning Berckes to Clarendon School. However, Berckes has remained suspended and Danielle Garzon was named interim principal at Clarendon.