BREAKING: Lakewood Board of Education member Heriberto Rodriguez resigns: “I am a man of integrity”

Lakewood Board of Education member Heriberto Rodriguez has resigned moments ago, TLS has learned.

Rodriguez, who served since 2016, has asked for his resignation to be effective immediately.

Rodriguez submitted the following letter to the Board:

“Please let this letter serve as my official resignation from the Lakewood Board of Education effective immediately.

It has been a pleasure working with you and all the other board members, but over the past couple weeks, I have found it difficult to support and now consent to the decision of accepting the $28,000,000 loan from the State. We all know that State is fully aware that we cannot repay this loan. I am a man of integrity and I strongly feel that I am misleading the students, faculty and community in saying, “everything is ok”…. full well knowing, that is not.

With the start of contract negotiations with the union and knowing that our virtuous teachers will probably be let go the following year is ludicrous. I cannot and will not continue to be a part of this.

I understand the board has the best intentions for the students of our district, but unfortunately the State does not!

I do wish you and the Board the best in all your future endeavors.”

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22 COMMENTS

  1. The state gave the full $28 million to show the ALJ in Alcantara and subsequently, the Superior Court, that everything is under control in Lakewood. The state will certainly write off the $28 million loan in the hope of ending the litigation here and now after four years of thankless work. We will never see such a generous loan again.

  2. I would do the same if I was him. How can I work and be part of such a board that is such a failure and just gets more into dept each year and raises our taxes each year so high?

    Glad I’m not park of the BOE

  3. The U.S. is $20 trillion in debt, divided by 50 states = $400 billion per state (I know some states are smaller than others, I’m just making a point) that’s a lot of budgeted debt for New Jersey and $28 mil compared to that is meh. Now divide the $20 tril by approx 35,000 towns & cities in the U.S. and that’s approx $571 million per for Lakewood. $28 million isn’t that much debt after all, only 5% of the cities budget. Yes compared to the average amount any lakewood citizen will earn in a lifetime it is a huge amount of money but it depends what scale you weigh it on.

  4. Now is not the time to bicker about paying back. We need the money badly take it and we can hire Trump to renegotiate the terms to a grant.

  5. ??? What gibberish about the state forgiving the loan!!

    All board members hould follow him and demand the state give the money and let the state monitor run the show.. what’s there to lose??

  6. Mr Lang
    You are assuming that the 2% cap stays in place, based on this governers record , that is unlikely.

    We will have to pay all this money back one day through a massive tax increase

    • No. The whole matter is currently being decided.

      It is true that even if we win, the loan might not be forgiven. However, we are litigating for tens of millions a year and everything is up for grabs.

      Go to Lakewoodlaw (dot org) and go to school law and then to school funding litigation and scroll halfway down to Alcantara. You will see all my court papers over the last four years.

  7. kindly listen to Mr/Rabbi Aaron Lang Esquire. He on his own volition took on the state for the last several years without the boards help to straighten out proper funding for this District.

  8. If we take the loan, the State will have something to use against us suing the State. They will use it as leverage (black mail) to force us to drop the litigation or they call back the loan! (this is especially an issue if the 2% cap on taxes is removed)

      • I think that Lakewood has about 100,000 people. Mr. 2 cents is only one person. He is only representing himself. Please do not lose any sleep over that comment. Thank you

  9. All the board member should follow.
    Where is the new governer who said that the public schools was his top agenda??

  10. With the spiraling growth of Lakewood’s tax base from over-development, any legislative fix will include some combination of state aid and local property taxes. Mr. Lang is absolutely correct that the public schools need millions to meet the State constitution’s education mandate. Unfortunately, it is a very long shot that it will be all state funding.

  11. Lakewood schools have an overwhelming majority of students who are not here legally, yet who are getting the added expense of bi-lingual considerations.

    Would anyone care to guess whether this drains or enriches the economics of education? We simply cannot afford mass education of another country’s citizens, unless they do the same in return.

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