I learned today by way of an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request that tenure charges were brought on January 20, 2016 against a teacher employed by the Penns Grove-Carney’s Point School District (Salem County). 

In the statement of charges, Ryan Tirrell was alleged to have used another district employee’s login credentials without that employee’s knowledge “to alter the schedules of a multitude of students and staff in the District Middle School in order to change teachers’ duty schedules and to benefit himself.”  Tirrell was alleged to have changed his own schedule to give himself a preparation period during the last period of his work day.

Tirrell, an executive with the Penns Grove-Carney’s Point School Education Association (SEA), was allegedly suspended with pay on October 7, 2015.  According to DataUniverse, his annual salary is $56,749.

During a December 23, 2015 interview, he allegedly invoked the Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination.

The charges are merely allegations and not proof of wrongdoing.   


Update: July 12, 2016

Further documents suggest that:

a) Tirrell was suspended with pay on October 7, 2015.
b) Tirrell was suspended without pay on January 19, 2016.
c) Tirrell, a Middle School science teacher, was discharged on February 16, 2016.
d) Tirrell, through attorney Keith Waldman, denied all allegations set forth in the charges.

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