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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board Of Education (BOE) meeting on September 18th took an unexpected turn when the issue of personnel committee appointments led to questions about the potential conflict of interest surrounding President Mike Lembo’s involvement. The scrutiny centered on Mr. Lembo’s decision to create a new committee and appoint himself to it, subsequently resulting in the appointment of his live-in partner to a district position as a substitute confidential secretary.
During the meeting, a fellow board member Kwak raised concerns regarding the appropriateness of Mr. Lembo’s actions. Specifically, the board member questioned whether it was appropreate for Mr. Lembo to establish the new committee and then place himself in charge of it, especially considering the subsequent appointment of his partner to a confidential district role.
In response to these concerns, Mr. Lembo defended his actions by asserting that he did not consider his role on the personnel committee a conflict of interest. He stated, “I do not have any family members working within the district.”
The exchange can be viewed in its entirety at Link to the Meeting Video, approximately at the 3-hour and 4-minute mark.
The issue of potential conflicts of interest within educational institutions is a topic of significant concern in many communities. It remains to be seen how the Ridgewood BOE and the community at large will address and resolve the ongoing discussion surrounding President Mike Lembo’s appointment and the subsequent hiring of his live-in partner.
As this story unfolds, the Ridgewood community will be watching closely, and further updates are expected in the coming weeks.
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