RAHWAY – Last night, the Rahway Board of Education accepted the resignation of educator Bobby Akbar, effective January 2010. The City Council member was suspended with pay from his position as an elementary school teacher and high school sports coach earlier this month.
The board voted to accept Akbar’s resignation by a 6-1-1 vote. The board also approved a severance package for an unidentified employee at the meeting. Akbar was not present last night.
According to sources, Akbar was under investigation for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a female track team member. In February, he was arrested on domestic violence charges. He later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of disturbing the peace to avoid a criminal trial.
People in attendance at the meeting expressed shock that the school board did not make the resignation immediate.
“What kind of message does your weak decision tonight send to the children in the Rahway School system?” Rahway Republican Chairman Patrick Cassio said. “Don’t own up to any wrong doing, just make a deal if you have friends in the loop?”
Rahway Republicans have been calling for Akbar’s resignation since the Democrat pleaded guilty in June. The Rahway GOP will be asking the state Attorney General’s office to investigate both incidents and how they were handled, Cassio said.
Cassio added, “Would this man have received such a generous deal for leaving under a cloud of suspicion if he wasn’t a Democrat councilman in Rahway?
“Too many people involved in the investigation are members of the Rahway city Democrat committee including the Rahway Chief of Police and Mr. Akbar. Many members of the Rahway school board are well-known political allies of Mayor James Kennedy and their names are listed on Democrat campaign reports in past elections for doing political work for the party!”
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