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Late yesterday all 350 Asbury Park staff members received “Rice notices,” named after the 1977 case of Rice v. Union County Regional High School Board of Education. This is a notification that at the next School Board meeting on June 22nd, school board members and Superintendent Rashawn Adams may discuss if and how many staff members will be laid off. The law also gives staff members the option to have their employment status discussed publicly. If that’s their preference, they must submit a waiver to the Business Administrator by June 16th.
Last month all Asbury Park staff members received Rice notices and 28 were targeted for lay-offs. However, the school board voted to table most of them.
Here is the email from Adams:
Re: Rice Notice Dear Employee,
This letter is to inform you that the Asbury Park Board of Education may discuss and/or act upon a matter involving your employment at the next regularly scheduled board meeting, June 22, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bradley Elementary School, 1100 Third Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712.
The Board intends to discuss matters pertaining to your employment, specifically status of employment, in closed executive session during the above-referenced Board meeting; however, pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b)(8), and Rice v. Union County Regional High School Board of Education, 155 N.J. Super. 64 (App.Div.1977), cert. denied, 76 N.J. 238 (1978), you have the right to request that the Board discuss the matters pertaining to your employment during the public portion of the aforementioned meeting.
Should you wish to have the Board discuss your employment during the public portion of the meeting, your waiver must be submitted in writing, addressed to Geoffrey Hastings, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, and received on or before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2023. The waiver should be emailed to HastingsG@asburypark.k12.nj.us. Kindly note that any formal Board action regarding your employment must take place during the public session of the aforementioned Board meeting. Please contact me should you have any questions regarding this letter.
Sincerely, Dr. RaShawn M. Adams
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