Bayonne BOE fires high school security guard charged with child abuse

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The Bayonne Board of Education unanimously approved (8-0) a measure recommended by Superintendent of Schools Patricia McGeehan to terminate a high school security guard charged with child abuse earlier this month. 

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Dominick Novella, 31, of Bayonne, charged with child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and offering an alcoholic beverage to an underage person last week, the city police department revealed earlier this month.

According to the criminal complaint, Novella engaged in activities “that may tend to debauch or endanger or degrade the morals of the child” by providing a 17-year-old with Bud Light Strawberita back on October 9, 2015.

Furthermore, Novella is accused of providing an 18-year-old with a bottle of Fireball whiskey on February 28 of this year.

At last night’s BOE meeting, the board terminated Novella’s contract with the school district without any public discussion on the subject.

While the BOE is not allowed to publish the terminated employee’s name, a source, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, confirmed that the measure was indeed regarding Novella.

“It is hereby resolved this 27th day of April 2016, that in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A: 27-9, the employment contract of the staff member named on schedule A for the 2015-2016 school year is hereby terminated on notice in accordance with the terms of the contract,” the resolution says.

Through an Open Public Records Act request filed on March 7, Hudson County View learned that Novella was hired on September 1, 2013 as a substitute teacher, specifically to serve as a security guard.

One month later, on October 1, 2013, he became a contracted security guard and his most recent salary was $30,140.

Novella previously declined to comment or provide any contact information for his attorney.

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