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Habel's Denali Up For Sale

Board of Education accepting bids, to be opened next month

The Denali that the Board of Education gave to former schools Superintendent James Habel is up for sale.

Bids are being accepted for the top-of-the-line 2005 GMC Yukon Danali -- which Habel received as part of his contract with the school district, along with a monthly gas allowance of $150.

The loaded black SUV has 117,000 miles, was impeccibly maintained by Board of Education mechanics and has every option available to that model, according to Tom Polo, a district employee.

The SUV is not short on amenities. It has a Bose surround sound system, leather seats, duel climate control, heated seats, rear DVD player with two sets of wireless headphones a towing package and numerous other creature comforts.

Habel's former car is available for inspection at the bus garage, located behind the Board of Education offices on 18th Avenue. The necessary forms to bid on the vehicle are available there, Polo said.

Bids will be opened at 11 a.m. on Oct. 4 at the board offices, according to a public notice advertisment.

Habel, who left the district in January for a six-month medical leave before his contract expired in June, is under investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

No charges have been filed and Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni has been tight-lipped about the scope of the investigation.

Investigators from the Prosecutor's Office on Sept. 13 raided Habel's Point Pleasant home. Days prior, Habel hired fomer First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Robert A. Honacker Jr. to represent him.

In addition to free use of the car, Habel in 2010 received $14,250 in allowances, $7,600 in stipends, $15,716 in extra insurance, and $49,932 for a pension annuity as well as his base pay of $200,273, according to the Department of Education.

. School board President John Tavis has said that Habel reported he did not take a sick day during his tenure as schools chief, which began in 2003.

Leave it on the Field September 28, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Jim Clean & Chief Wahoo - thank you for responding to Mary Ellen Denali-Donaghue. Her big girl pants are on too tight if she actually believe she's the only Monmouth County woman who ever worked for a Fortune 500 company. Miss Mary Girl - people don't have to work in a school system to be offended by adults who leverage the ignorance of others (BOEs) for personal profit while kids fail. Dr. Habel & all who enabled him have lots of explaining to do directly to Wall taxpayers & YES - to horrified readers across NJ who are still reeling from the Grand-Puba NJ Superintendent of all, Michael Ritaccio, & his BOE that THE judge chastised for looking the other way for YEARS!
Jim Clean September 28, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Where is Mary Ellen Denali-Donaghue ?? Looks like she is missing. Probably using the Mr Clean eraser again, but this time on herself. What are you really trying to hide, Mary Ellen ? Trust Jim , it's too late .
CorruptWall September 29, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Eww who would want that car? He probably slept with half of wall staff in it. Nasty power control freak that he is. Surprised he never got a DUI in the golden chariot. All those miles were put on during his many drives back in forth to Florida no doubt. Problem is we will never know what goes on behind closed doors in that school. The man in power has people who he hired and they will cover up his tracks. Karma. Power corrupts absolutely.
Really? October 02, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Mary Donohue works for Brown & Brown in the greater Philadelphia area. There are 2 offices, Mt. Laurel and Lambertville. Both would be considered as the "greater" Philadelphia area. Ms. Donohue is listed as Account Executive at Brown & Brown on LinkedIn. Coincidence? I think not.
Leave it on the Field October 02, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Friday Sept 28th, reporter Shannon Connelly of The Ocean Star in Pt. Pleasant reported that their sister newspaper "The Coast Star through an Open Public Records Act requested the long list of details from the Wall Township District that was issued to the school by the prosecutor's office. It is reported that they specifically asked the School District to turn over all Mr. Habel's employment contracts; compensation records, including docs related to salary & benefits; personnel records, time & attendence, vacation/sick or personal time, correspondence containing data reflecting attendence, vacation, personal, sick time, & all data related to conferences and training. They also asked for expense records associated with travel, auto, computers, cellualr devices, purchase requisitions, invoices and vouchers, receipts or reimbursements made payable to Mr. Habel or his wife Eileen Sullivan. Board of Ed minutes, including all execuitve sessions, resolutions, executive orders, all district contracts & agreements, meeting summaries, agendas, notes, correspondence, memorandas, reports & audits during Mr. Habels's tenure as superintendent." There are obviously new concerns & additional questions that must be asked for the sake of Wall Township, so keep asking them!

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