School Board Member Maureen Sullivan Won't Run Again

"I just thought it was time to go," Maureen Sullivan said.

After serving one term on the Hoboken School Board, Maureen Sullivan has decided she will not run for reelection. 

"I just thought it was time to go," Sullivan said. "I don't think the School Board is something people should stay on forever."

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Sullivan first announced her resignation from the board in a letter in the Hudson Reporter, where she endorsed Liz Markevitch, who will be running for the open seat. Markevitch also ran for school board in 2010, on the Real Results slate.

Sullivan was elected to the board for the first time in 2009 when she ran with members Ruth McAllister and Theresa Minutillo. Both are up for reelection. Sullivan broke with the Kids First coalition since then. 

Sullivan broke with Kids First after as superintendent two years ago. Romano before he could start, but the rift on the school board remained. 

In a recent phone interview, Sullivan described being on the board of education as "challenging." 

"There's very little opportunity on the school board to discuss anything," Sullivan said. Sullivan, who was on the board's facilities committee, said she felt that her colleagues purposefully kept her out of the loop. "They kicked me off the committees," she said. "I was definitely excluded." 

Before the reorganization of the board, Sullivan served on the governance and the curriculum committees.

Sullivan often votes differently from the rest of the board and gets into heated discussions with her colleagues. 

"I would much rather have the problems all be out there," she said. Some of the issues, Sullivan said she worries about are enrollment, low test scores and underperforming teachers. 

"Those problems have been here, I didn't create these problems," said Sullivan, whose two children attended Hoboken's public schools. 

While it's unlikely that she will be attending a school board meeting any time soon, Sullivan said she wants to stay involved with education reform. 

One of the accomplishments she is proud of, Sullivan said, is that some "bad teachers" have been removed from Hoboken's classrooms. 

"I put my butt on the line. I screamed and ranted to get rid of the teacher who wasn't working," she said. "That's what it's all about. If I in some way put a better teacher in front of a child, I can walk away happy."

Gardiner4Freeholder June 06, 2012 at 12:03 PM
It sure would be nice to get a quote from Kids First about Maureen's statements. There are always two sides to every story. As for Maureen's statement about not being on the committees what she really means is she was not on the important ones like finance. What does she expect? She broke with Kids First and was not on the majority so it is not like she was going to be a chair of some critical committee. Duh. Is she really dumber than her political pal Tim Occhipiniti? Or is she being disingenuous? She outed herself as a non-team player and stated she wasn't on the team. Even in this one sided puff piece the Madness of Maureen Sullivan is evident. Good riddance. Now Pupie is purportedly scheming with her pal Markevitch to put up a slate of "Real Republicans". What a joke, throw that so called fiscal conservatism out the window. Pupie is a spendthrift when it comes to the BOE though I will give him credit for being a sponsor of the Summer Concert Series.
Redrider765 June 06, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Perhaps she wasn't on the important committees b/c she has a bad habit of disseminating information that is brought up behind closed doors and wasn't for public release? It is either that or they got fed up w/ her temper tantrums.
pied piper June 06, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Claire, in her three years as a board member, Sullivan only voted differently on about 7 agenda items out of the thousands of agenda item votes, .
Enough June 06, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I think this is a loss for the school board and for Hoboken. While I did not always agree with Maureen Sullivan, I appreciated her honesty and candor, even if it was sometimes painful to watch. If we truly want better schools, "team players" are not going to accomplish that. And keeping information "behind closed doors" is exactly how we got to this bad place where the schools rank at the top in in spending and at the bottom in results. Thank you for your service, Ms. Sullivan. Your passion will be missed.
rtrux June 06, 2012 at 01:13 PM
harsh reality: maybe she wasn't on important committees because she wasn't that good of a board member. this isn't like little league, where everyone gets a trophy.
Bob R June 06, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Agreed, Reforumus, I was just noticing that myself. I thought AOL was trying to position Patch as more of a reputable online news venue, not a 411-style one-sided opinion page. Since when is it ok for a legitimate news outlet to run one-source stories? It's funny because when I read Mile Square View, I've never seen any news article with less than three sources in it, either on the record or speaking on background, and that's just a private blog, not a going concern with corporate backing and a business plan.
Gardiner4Freeholder June 06, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Passion misplaced gave us Jim Jones and David Koresh. Misguided passion and blow up the room politics have no place in constructive solution making which Maureen was an expert in. With Sullivan stepping down and Ohaus no longer with the Hoboken District Schools there will be possibly be less theater at BOE meetings. But then again you have the Callichio Brothers, Peter Biacammano and Carmelo Garcia to stir up the theatrics.
Hobbs June 06, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Like her patrone$$ Beth Mason, Maureen Sullivan has clearly shown that she can't lead, she won't follow and her huge ego won't let her get out of the way. The BOE will be better without her constant negativity and divisiveness. S
MadisonMonroe June 06, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Good point, Enough. The majority on the school board and city council (and their ardent supporters) have a difficult time accepting the fact that in a democracy there are and should be dissenting points of view. Anyone who dares to challenge them finds themselves accused of the high crime of not being a team player, And dare to show passion and one is lumped in with psychopathic mass murderers. Council member Jen Giattino was elected yesterday as a Romney delegate, a fact she should wear as a badge of honor as a sign of support for hardcore Republican values. Yet no doubt she will meekly and silently follow her lefty liberal brigade on the council and vote again in favor of eminent domain to get private landowners to turn over their property to the city "by any means necessary" as Dave Mello put it. If only Ms. Giattino showed a little passion and spoke up against this plan. But no, I suppose she will be a "team player" so that she won't get in trouble with the bullies who enforce total and complete allegiance to partisanship. And as Pied Piper points out, most of the votes by Kids First and the "old guard" are 100% in agreement. So why is she so concerned about the "old guard" returning to power. Those two groups seem exactly alike to me. Team players one and all.
Redrider765 June 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
And I wouldn't be surprised if you were fine w/ certain CC members participating in the hacking of city email accounts either. When things are supposed to be discussed in closed door meetings, there is a reason for that. And just b/c Sullivan has a temper tantrum and wants to act like a 2 year old brat when she doesn't get her way, that doesn't mean she should be blasting her disagreement w/ what was discussed or decided in those closed door meetings all over the blogs the way she has in the past. Personally I found her to be more than a little dishonest, completely untrustworthy and absolutely incapable of working with anyone who disagrees with her. And interestingly enough, even though the rest of the non-KF members probably disagree w/ KF at least as much as Sullivan does, nobody singles any of them out for repeatedly being such a nasty, disagreeable pain in the rear end. You are right that Sullivan isn't a team player. She not only isn't a team player for KF, she isn't a team player for the opposition or even as an independent. The way she acts she is more like a petulant child who just sits on the sideline refusing to play and just wants to take the ball and go home and sulk in her room. Please Ms. Sullivan, go take your ball and go sulk in your room and don't come back. You will not be missed at all by anyone.
Hobbs June 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Dissent for the sake of dissent accompllishes nothing positive. I guess Mason, Russo & Co.'s political consultants had to figure out a way to justify their constant negativity and divisieness so they are trying to spin it as "democracy." But I think most people undestand that they are just trying more of the same self serving political spin. Anyone who has been paying attention know that people who pay for votes and tries repeatedly to supress voter turn out never really supported democracy . :-) I
rtrux June 06, 2012 at 08:12 PM
hey MM, remember how things were when the other "team" ran the BoE??
Hobbs June 06, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Have to say Sullivan's impression of "The Scream" by Edvard Munch is spot on. :-)
pied piper June 06, 2012 at 09:13 PM
That is hysterical!!!! Your old running mate is running on Raia's ticket and you are still trying that same stale "old guard"/ Kids First are the same thing? Get comfortable- you are the "old guard" tkt.
nice try June 07, 2012 at 05:08 PM
It is indeed the Old Guard ticket and their planning meetings tell you everything you need to know: "The Malibu Diner in Hoboken became the central meeting place for the anti-Zimmer coalition last week as Mason, Frank Raia, Russo, Jamie Cryan and others gathered to work out what candidates they will back in the fall school board elections. Raia will be a strong advocate for the ticket, insiders say, but he will not be on it, keeping his options open for a possible run against Zimmer next May." http://hudsonreporter.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Who+gets+the+call+on+the+Hoboken+attorney+appointment-%20&id=18560467&instance=home_Most_popular Read more: Hudson Reporter - Who gets the call on the Hoboken attorney appointment
fanofmaureen June 07, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Shut up you haters! I'm a fan of Maureen Sullivan and I couldn't stand to see you people who do nothing excep post cr*p all the time rag on a person who has given years and years to try to make these schools better. Haters, tell us one thing you have personally done that has helped anyone? Maureen has done so much for kids and parents like me. She just doesn't get on patch and brag about all she does. She is a great board member who doesn't roll her eyes or pick fights at meetings. She just tells it like it is and I know I'm not the only person who is going to miss that on the school board. She is an intelligent person who went to Georgetown University and she makes other people on the board look like the weak links that they are. You would think that a town like Hoboken would want to be represented by a smart/educated woman but these haters would just rather have dim bulbs they can push around. You can make fun of me all you want. I don't care. I don't spend my life blogging on patch. I respect Maureen for volunteering on the board and I respect her for moving on. Who would want to run for public office (and not get paid at all) when anonymous fools can make it their fulltime job to call good people "dishonest and untrustworthy" and a million things worse? She is a great role model for Hoboken kids because she shows that you don't let the loudmouth bullies stop you from doing the right thing.
nice try June 07, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Thank you for the comedic relief. I guess you haven't watched or attended any recent board meetings to witness Sullivan's screaming rants and abuse of parents and members of the public in attendance.
Hobbs June 07, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Just curious is anyone buying this BS. :-)
rtrux June 07, 2012 at 08:49 PM
ThisMeansWar June 07, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Follow your own advice: Tell us one thing Maureen has personally done that has helped anyone?


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