Report: Ex-Secaucus principal will leave after being paid through end of the school year

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A former Secaucus High School principal will be leaving the school district after being paid his prorated salary of $125,000 and 177.5 days of unused time, The Jersey Journal reported. 

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The settlement agreement for Dr. Robert Berckes says that he will resign effective June 30th, 2019, after being compensated his salary, 129 sick days, 22 vacation days and 27 personal days, the newspaper revealed.

Berckes’ attorney and school district officials declined to comment on the settlement, which was obtained through an Open Public Records Request.

The Secaucus Board of Education voted to transfer Berckes to Clarendon Elementary School at a contentious meeting in June where one trustee, who voted against the transfer, said the controversy surrounding Berckes would have a “prolonged effect” on the school district staff.

Berckes came under fire for the way he handled a situation in April where a student brought a pocket knife and a small amount of marijuana to school.

After consulting with a police officer who was working security at the high school, Berckes had the drugs flushed down the toilet and the student was suspended for five days.