Dr. Clarence Hoover, interim superintendent for Montclair Schools, confirmed that an investigation is underway to determine whether Samantha Morra, assistant principal at Mt. Hebron Middle School, enrolled her children in Montclair schools using a Montclair mailing address when her residence is actually in Little Falls school district.
Dr. Hoover told Baristanet that he received the same information Baristanet received from a tipster alleging that Morra had used an Upper Mountain Ave., Montclair mailing address to enroll her children in the Montclair schools, an address that is under Little Falls school district and tax rolls.
“All I can say is that we are investigating the matter,” said Dr. Hoover, in a phone interview with Baristanet today. “It’s a personnel matter.”
When Baristanet called Montclair’s tax assessor office today, and provided the address in question, we were told that someone living at that address would not pay Montclair taxes, but rather Little Falls.
BOE president Robin Kulwin told Baristanet “The Board cannot comment on allegations involving a school district employee or students.” Montclair has been increasing its efforts to weed out students who are non-residents, even having high school students re-register.
Homes on the GSMLS near the residence alleged to be Morra’s are touted as having “Montclair address, Little Falls schools and taxes.”
Last week, Dr. Hoover had announced the search to replace Montclair principal Guy Whitlock had still not resulted in a proper candidate.