Sun. Jan 23rd, 2022

LITTLE SILVER – Former Superintendent Michael Ettore, who left the Little Silver School District more than a month ago without explanation, has been getting paid ever since, according to minutes from an October school board meeting that recently were released.

When district officials informed the public in an Oct. 11 letter about his departure, they indicated only that Ettore “will no longer serve” as superintendent and that Eric Platt, principal of the Markham Place School, had been appointed acting superintendent.

District officials and board members have since declined to explain why Ettore left his job or in what manner.

But recently posted minutes from a special school board meeting held Oct. 11 stated the board approved placing Ettore on paid administrative leave.

The resolution stated the move was made after the board “became aware of the need for Superintendent Michael Ettore to be placed on paid administrative leave” but offered no other reason or timeline for the leave to end.

Ettore had been on the job less than two years, having been appointed in May 2020.

“The purpose of this letter is to inform you of a transition in our district’s leadership,” the Oct. 11 letter said. “As of today, Michael Ettore will no longer serve a superintendent of Little Silver Schools. We are grateful for his efforts on behalf of our students. And wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Ettore previously had served as superintendent of the Monmouth Beach School District but spent 10 years as a math teacher in Little Silver prior to that post.

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