The case of MKF v. Sean Spiller, that began back in March, when Montclair Kids First filed its initial formal complaint, continues. On Friday, May 29, Judge Thomas Moore heard from Shavar Jeffries of Lowenstein Sandler, representing Montclair Kids First, and the law firm of Zazzali, Fagella, Nowak, Kleinbaum, & Friedman, representing Sean Spiller.
Here’s what each side had to say following Friday’s court date:
Without any surprise, as both the township attorney and my personal attorneys have reviewed the matter extensively and determined the claims to be baseless, a judge recently dismissed three of MFK’s claims outright without even hearing them. With only one claim even remaining, once heard, that too will be judged baseless.
While this shadow group hopes to devolve our township discourse into personal attacks, my Council colleagues and the residents I serve know that I remain focused on actual issues impacting our community, such as our success in reducing township debt, increasing funding for early education, additional support for our library, putting more police officers out on the streets with community policing, and unprecedented funding for street and road improvements.
As with all committees that I serve on, I will continue to take a supportive, while fiscally responsible, position on all issues before the Board of School Estimate.
— Sean Spiller
Mr. Spiller’s ethics and conflict of interest initially began as a private matter between Montclair parents and Mr. Spiller some time ago. Rather than address, or even acknowledge, these fair concerns, Mr. Spiller and the NJEA have escalated this issue and done everything possible to defend their own interests, rather than work with the Montclair community.”
On Friday, Judge Moore denied Mr. Spiller’s motion to dismiss the ethics and conflict of interest complaints against him. This is an important first step toward bringing greater transparency to our community and we greatly appreciate Judge Moore’s commitment to a fair and equitable process.”
As the 3rd highest ranking official in the NJEA, Mr. Spiller’s fiduciary responsibility is to his union membership. Mr. Spiller has used his appointment on the Montclair Board of School Estimate to strengthen the Union he represents, and he has done so at the expense of Montclair’s children and taxpayers.
MKF will continue to shine a light on how decisions that impact our children are currently being made in Montclair, and we will use every means at our disposal to do so.
Jon Bonesteel, MKF