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Update: BOE Trustee Bartolomeo Resigns

Following an allegation by a parent at Wednesday's meeting, Julie Bartolomeo steps down from the Lindenhurst Board of Education.

Editor's Note: As of 5 p.m. on October 4, the BOE updated its statement on the Lindenhurst Schools website. Here's what was added:

"The Board of Education has been made aware of information and allegations regarding Mrs. Bartolomeo in recent days. The Board was then obligated to share this information with Suffolk County Police. Therefore, the district cannot comment further as this matter is now being investigated by the police. All other questions should be referred to the authorities."

 

Original Story:
Lindenhurst Board of Education Trustee Julie Bartolomeo resigned abruptly at a board meeting on Wednesday night, following allegations by a resident of a teen party that was held at her home.

Bartolomeo tendered her resignation during executive session after the BOE’s monthly public business meeting on October 3.

During the public portion of the meeting, a resident, Peter Irizarry, made several allegations about alleged activities at the party at Bartolomeo's home.

Patch is not immediately making those allegations public until the alleged activities can be confirmed with a second source.

A statement from the Lindenhurst School District regarding her resignation was posted on its website on Thursday morning, but it made no mention of any allegation or reason why she stepped down.

The statement read as follows:

“Mrs. Julie Bartolomeo, a Board of Education member since July 1, 2011, unexpectedly submitted a letter of resignation last night to the Board of Education. The letter did not specify a reason for the resignation. The Board thanks Mrs. Bartolomeo for her service to the community and wishes her well in her future endeavors.

“The vacancy that now exists on the nine-member Board of Education will be discussed by the Board at an upcoming meeting after it has had time to reflect on the options that would best suit the community's needs. When a vacancy arises, a Board can typically choose among three options to address the vacancy for the remainder of the school year: appointment, a special election or no action (thereby leaving the seat unfilled until the next Board election). More information will be provided on this matter in the coming days.”

The resident who shared the allegation during the public portion of Wednesday night’s meeting said he believes “the kids made a really poor decision.” But “since this was a board member,” he continued, “at minimum I’m calling for resignation or removal.”

Irizarry said, “There are three sides to every story, and I trust that you’ll do your investigation. But this is the story I received.”

When Lindenhurst Patch spoke with Irizarry after the October 3 meeting, he declined to elaborate about the specifics or where the claim originated. He did say he wanted to wait to see what course of action the BOE would take.

Meanwhile, when the meeting adjourned, administrators and BOE members quickly went into executive session.

When Patch asked BOE President Donna Hochman for comment before the executive session, she declined. She did indicate the allegation would be discussed and investigated, and it was a matter for the District and the BOE.

On Thursday morning, October 4, school officials made no other statement about Bartolomeo’s resignation besides what was posted online, and follow-up calls to the BOE president were not immediately returned at presstime.

Bartolomeo was elected for the first time for a three-year term to the Lindenhurst Board of Education in May 2011. She’s also the recording secretary for the Lindenhurst Council of PTAs and a former aide in the Lindenhurst School District.

 

Related:

  • Talk Back: How Should the Lindenhurst Board of Education Handle the Vacant Position?
  • Husband of Former Lindenhurst Board of Education Trustee Arrested for Providing Alcohol to Minors at House Party
  • Police Investigation of Party at Former Lindenhurst Board of Education Trustee's Home On-Going
  • Update: Lindenhurst Board of Education Trustee Bartolomeo Resigns

 

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Sean McNeilly October 05, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I attended the meeting as well Larry. Not much was said at all and the accuser did not give any details on the alleged event. If the Patch reported it they'd be doing themselves a discredit as its only he said she said at the moment. Like most news sources they are probably waiting on a second source to confirm anything before they print it.
Deanna DeMarco October 05, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Larry, I tend to agree with you... looking for them to report what the allegation is, not whether or not the allegation is founded. That's the job of the school & the police. Other stories on here that start with"so & so is accused of such & such" I don't see the difference. Clearly it was enough of an accusation to warrant some level of action from the school & the Board of Education... enough of an accusation that Mrs. Bartolomeo was either forced to resign or felt it was necessary to resign.
Greg Sleter October 05, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Larry, Hi. Thanks for your comment and question. The reason we chose not to report the allegations mentioned at the BOE meeting at this time is that we have been unable to confirm what may or may not have happened at the incident in question. We are working to get the information we have confirmed with either the school district, board of education or law enforcement. Once we are able to gather additional information, we will post a follow up story. Best wishes, Greg Sleter Regional Editor Patch.com
Sean McNeilly October 05, 2012 at 06:27 PM
When courts or police accuse someone of an alleged incident it has a basis to report founded on law. When a town resident who has no legal knowledge or first hand knowledge other than hearsay I understand the Patch's discretion. Lets be patient before we tarnish someone's name and reputation in front of her neighbors and children. Im sure the real story will come out shortly. Thank you Greg for being a journalist first and waiting for confirmation
babs October 06, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I just hope as a taxpayer the truth and facts come out. I hope she has done nothing wrong....but her abrupt resignation makes me wonder?? BOE positions are elected by the trust of the public....that's why they are called Trustees....

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