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Residents Unsatisfied With Repayment Terms for Evangelista's Breyer State Degree

Assistant superintendent will repay $5,400 over five years to the FRHSD for the doctorate diploma she received four years ago from a non-accredited school.

Freehold Regional High School Board of Education President Heshy Moses thought discussion about the Breyer State University scandal that has clouded the district for the past four years was over, but public dissenters disagree. At the Monday, Nov. 29 meeting of the Board of Education, several members of the public expressed their opinion about the diploma-mill incident, saying that the reparations are not enough.

At the Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 15, President Moses announced that - a refund of the tuition paid and stipends she earned from receiving a doctorate degree from the non-accredited Breyer State University. Evangelista has until 2016 to refund the money to the district.

Evangelista was one of several employees of the FRHS district to earn a degree from BSU in 2007, however, she is currently the only employee still working in the district who has one.  Therefore, Evangelista is the only diploma recipient asked to refund the money the district spent on her unofficial degree. Moses announced at the last Board meeting that an expensive legal procedure would have to be fought in order to regain funds from prior employees.

Last night, Moses said that when he and Board Member Carl Accettola met with the State Comptroller, they were advised that the district could not demand a refund of the money from Evangelista, they could only request that the sum be returned. A formal letter was drafted to Evangelista and she agreed to reimburse the district.

The Board Attorney said that the correspondence with Evangelista and the Board is a personnel matter and the conversation between the Board and the Assistant Superintendent about the reimbursement is confidential.

Marlboro resident Jim Sage was not satisfied with this response and confused as to how the records would not be public information or a payroll matter, but the Board remained silent on advice of counsel.

Gloria Close, a resident of Manalapan, was displeased with the five year time period given to Evangelista to pay back the money. “Isn’t it an insult to the taxpayers to wait five years to get paid back, when in fact the County Superintendent took the doctorate away so long ago?” Close asked. “It is just common decency that the money should be paid back as soon as possible.”

“I thought that this was over now, that we’re getting the money back, that it would be closed, but you still find the fly in the ointment and I don’t know if we’d ever be able to satisfy you,” Moses said, in response to Close’s comments.

Leon Sirulnick, also a Manalapan resident, echoed Close’s statements and stated, “it’s not over until it’s over.” Sirulnick said that the resolution to the Breyer State University scandal is unsatisfactory because Evangelista makes over $155,000 and she only has to pay a small sum over five years.

“It doesn’t seem like it’s a penalty to Ms. Evangelista and it doesn’t sound like a satisfactory response to us,” Sirulnick said.

boomersmith November 29, 2011 at 11:08 PM
These people (sage, close and sirulnick) have NO LIFE and have a personal vendetta against the administrators with the BSU Degree (which by the way was licensed and accredited by an educational agency). Also, these degrees and tuition were extensively reviewed by the NJ Department of Fiscal Accountabliity and Compliance and it was determined that there was NO fraud committed. Will someone please tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth! Finally the state's comptroller state that the board COULDN'T DEMAND reimbursement and could only ask Ms. Evangelista to return the money. That says it all! Wake up citizens!
Laura November 29, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Why her doctorate is called unofficial, just because it is from a non-accredited university or there is something else? By the way she could repay it earlier, considering the salary.
milton McC November 30, 2011 at 12:42 AM
You sound just like JIM WASSER. Look where he is LOL
milton McC November 30, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Could it be? Perhaps. Wasser thinks about this 24/7 LMAO
milton McC November 30, 2011 at 12:49 AM
The idiots from Manalapan Mr. Sirulnick and Miss Gloria got what they have been asking for all along. Now, they are unhappy. You won! These two people have built their whole lives around going to meetings and complaining to anyone who will listen, and some who have had enough about this BS. Just like little children who kick and scream to get a treat, and eventually get their way - now they don't want it and throw it to the floor. Just two spoiled school yard bullys. Go find a little kitten to kick. It's more of your style. Wake up cause nobody cares what you say about anything.

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