Parents Call for Disciplinary Action Against School Superintendent

Having missed two BOE meetings since January, parents say they want action taken to remove Engravalle.

Parents of Fort Lee school children are calling for disciplinary action against Superintendent Steven Engravalle whose excessive absences leave critical issues on the table, according to a report by northjersey.com.

In November, the Fort Lee Board of Education approved a nearly two-month leave of absence for Engravalle for medical reasons and appointed Sharon Amato Interim Superintendent of Schools during his absence. His leave of absence was effective Nov. 7, 2012 through Jan. 2, 2013.

According to the report, since returning to work on Jan. 2, Engravalle has been absent additional days and has missed the last two Board of Education meetings. Parents also say that he has not returned phone calls and emails.

When questioned about Engravalle's absences and whether the Board is going to take disciplinary action, Board members said that they cannot comment on any personnel issue.  

Engravalle was also conspicuosly absent from Wednesday's joint meeting between the Board of Education and the Mayor and Council regarding school security initiatives. Parents present at this meeting voiced their concerns regarding his absence and said that without Engravalle's presence and input, the business of the school is being held hostage since his approval is needed for any action to take place.

When questioned about Engravalle's absence and whether the board will take disciplinary action, Board member David Sarnoff said, "Although I cannot comment, the Board is upholding its obligation."

Engravalle's contract effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015, calls for a salary of $167,500.


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William Mays February 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Um, these are comments on pretty much a news forum. Do you expect everything to be hugs and kisses?
Frank Collura February 16, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Engravalle was not married to the woman whom he claims died and made him feel sad which required that he take an extended leave of absence. Good example of personal integrity or just a con man planning an early buyout of his contract so he can move on elsewhere? Ask the Assistant Superintendent what time Mr. Engravalle shows up to work each day, when he does show up.
Howard L. Pearl February 17, 2013 at 02:41 PM
While I agree that Mr. Engravalle has referred to “her” as his wife, when in truth, she was his “ex-wife”, he may still have had strong feelings for her and wanted to be there to comfort her. The BOE has to take some onus for what has occurred as they were too permissive with his absence. He should have been requested to take a LOA from work to be with her. However, knowing that he could not totally fulfill his responsibilities from a Philadelphia hospital, Mr. Engravalle had a professional responsibility to request a LOA. For better or worse, Mr. Engravalle’s standing in the community has been compromised. It is virtually impossible to him to function as school superintendent under these conditions. It would be best if the BOE and he find a way to sever the relationship so we can move on to new leadership
Emma Blue May 12, 2013 at 08:03 PM
None of you know what your talking about- mr engravalle was marred the first time, and that ended in divorce (as more than half all American marriages do!!) and some time AFTER that he met his wife Samantha. They found out she was sick and less than3 months later she was dead leaving him to care for her children. She was only 40 years old. You all should look in a mirror and re evaluate and learn how fact check before you talk ignorance on these toxic posts.
William Mays May 13, 2013 at 01:06 AM
A little late, aren't you?


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