Attorney: Former superintendent of Central Regional still getting paid amid bullying scandal

Dr. Triantafilos Parlapanides was said to have resigned, according to a statement on the district’s website.

News 12 Staff

Feb 17, 2023, 7:46 PM

Updated 519 days ago

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The superintendent of the Central Regional School District who stepped down amid a bullying scandal is still getting paid, according to board attorney Christopher Dasti.
Dr. Triantafilos Parlapanides was said to have resigned, according to a statement on the district’s website. But those who attended a school board meeting Thursday night say they began to suspect this was not the case after hearing about agenda item P5.
P5 approved an administrative leave of absence for employee No. 4529 with pay. While it is not confirmed that employee No. 4529 is Parlapanides, Dasti told News 12 New Jersey that Parlapanides is still being paid his $190,000 per year salary.
Dasti told News 12 that Parlapanides would not be coming back to the district though a deal is being worked out contractually for the terms of his leave.
The situation stems from an incident regarding 14-year-old Adriana Kuch, a freshman at Central Regional High School. Kuch died by suicide earlier this month after a video was posted online of her being assaulted by several other students.
The Kuch family says that their daughter was relentlessly bullied at the school.
Kuch’s death and reports of other bullying incidents led students to stage walkouts and protests. A school board meeting was held Thursday night where dozens of students and former students told stories about incidents of bullying at the school.
Acting Superintendent Douglas Corbett denied that the high school has had an ongoing culture of violence.
“I disagree with that - that has not been my experience at all,” Corbett said. “I walk the halls every day. I see teachers teaching, students learning.”
Corbett has been with the district for more than 20 years. He previously held the roles of assistant superintendent and principal at the high school.
Kuch’s father says he isn't going to stop until those in administrative positions at the time of his daughter’s death are gone.


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