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Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Police Report . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
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By SEAN PATRICK MURPHY
The Mt. Laurel Sun
Despite an impassionedeleventh-hour speech by hislawyer and many testimonialsfrom students and parents, DanMonahan will most likely not bereturning to Lenape High Schoolin the fall.The Lenape Regional HighSchool District recently took noaction on the case, so Monahan’stermination remains.Monahan was recently fired bythe school district for the follow-ing reasons, according to Mona-han’s attorney, John Stapleton:
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Failure to provide appropri-ate strategies for addressing dis-ruptive student behaviors.
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Failure to embrace the boardmodel of pedagogy.
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Poor attendance.
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Failure to maintain a colle-gial attitude with supervisors andcolleagues.Monahan, who taught creativewriting and mass media, hadbeen employed with the districtfor three years.“I think it’s a cowardly move”made by the school board, MarkMachulsky, a parent of a LenapeHigh student, said.“I think we presented the factsthat this guy is an awesometeacher, and for them to not doanything is I think pathetic,” theMount Laurel resident added. “Ithink that’s a disgrace.”Dozens of people attended themeeting to support the embattledteacher.Technically, the board hasthree business days to respond toMonahan’s request to be reinstat-ed. As of press time, it was doubt-ful any board member wouldmake the motion to do that.“I don’t believe that’s going tohappen,” Machulsky said.Monahan briefly spoke beforethe board.“I was honored to be part of theLenape system,” he said. “All Iwant to do is be part of thisteam.”Stapleton asked the board totake a vote that night.“Nobody is here to undercutthe administration,” he said, not-ing that Monahan’s supportersgathered 550 signatures on a peti-tion asking for his reinstatement.“There was a mistake made,”Stapleton said. “That’s it.”He noted that Monahan’s atten-dance record was poor because hewas caring for his 1-year-olddaughter, who had an extremelyhigh fever.Hannah Fox, of Mount Laurel,
 please see
MONAHAN, page 3
No actiontaken onMonahan
Pleas to reinstate popular teacher fall on deaf LRHSD ears
By SEAN PATRICK MURPHY
The Mt. Laurel Sun
Residents who have viciousdogs will have to pay more to li-cense those dogs.The township council recentlyadopted an ordinance that callsfor stiffer penalties for owners of vicious dogs.According to Township Manag-er Jennifer Blumenthal, the cur-rent license fee is $150. The cur-rent penalty by a judge is up to$700. The new ordinance willallow a license fee of $700 with apenalty not to exceed $1,000.Mayor Jim Keenan said two vi-cious dog cases come to mind,which helped prompt the issue.One was in the Farnwood Sec-tion of town, where a pit bull wasfound to be unsecured and wan-dering the neighborhood threat-ening other dogs and children;and the other was a more recentincident where a pit bull got intoa resident’s back yard and at-tacked a woman.“Luckily a police officer was inthe area, heard the screams, andneeded to shoot the dog to releaseits bite on the woman’s leg,”Keenan said. “I also heard of con-cerns from residents where largedogs were left tied up and left out-side by themselves on publicproperty without a person tomonitor the dog for safety of peo-ple and children walking by.”Blumenthal said the ordinancewill allow for higher license feesfor vicious dogs and would allow judges to impose higher penaltiesfor vicious dogs.A dog can be termed vicious bya municipal judge, township so-licitor Tim Prime said. Com-plaints must be filed against a dogowner by the police or a citizen.The recent attack on a womanby a pit bull was the reason toamend the ordinance.Blumenthal said the newer,tougher ordinance allows a judgeto determine if a higher penaltyis warranted.She also said the ordinanceadds language that a dog on aleash has to be in the hands of aperson or persons capable of lead-ing and controlling the dog.
Special to The Sun
Sarah Augustine, Alyssa Kelly and Jessica Reynolds, Irish dancers of Dansations, hit a home runwith the fans at Irish Heritage Night at the Riversharks in Camden. They are part of Mount Lau-rel’s award-winning dancer/choreographer Jean Ver Hoeven’s starting lineup from Dansations.Twenty-six of her dancers took the field before the June 16 game.
Dance the night away
Vicious dogs on notice
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DOGS, page 5
 
The following items were takenfrom reports on file with the Mt.Laurel Police Department:A township employee reporteda burglary, criminal mischief, andtheft to a township-owned resi-dence on the 100 block of HootonRoad. The incident occurred be-tween 3:30 p.m. June 10 and 12:35p.m. June 15.Entry was gained by forcingthe rear storm door window. Atelevision, windows, and stairswere damaged. A seven-footstuffed Marlin was taken.A resident of the 700 block of Grant Road reported a theft froma vehicle. The incident occurredbetween 7 p.m. June 14 and 5:07p.m. June 15. A car stereo, valuedat approximately $100 and a GPSvalued at $250 were taken. Entrywas gained through an unlockeddoor.An employee of the Red Roof Inn on Fellowship Road reportedthe theft of a wallet. The incidentoccurred between 11 p.m. June 15and 7 a.m. June 16. The wallet isvalued at $10.A resident of the 3500 block of Fenwick Lane reported an at-tempted fraud. The incident oc-curred between 6:30 p.m. and 7p.m. on June 15. A white female inher mid-20s had requested a dona-tion for a softball team. A checkwas issued at the time, but subse-quently canceled after the resi-dent became suspicious.Police discovered an attemptedburglary while responding to aburglar alarm at the RomanticBoutique on the 1100 block of Route 73.The incident occurred on June17 at 5:48 a.m. The rear windowhad been pried open. No entrywas gained.Police discovered a burglary atthe Jade Spice Restaurant, locat-ed on the 1100 block of Route 73,while investigating an attemptedburglary at an adjacent business.The incident occurred between 5p.m. on June 16 and 5:48 a.m. June17. Entry was gained through therear door.Copper pipes valued at $100were found staged in the weedsbehind the building for later re-trieval.Mount Laurel Police arrested a26-year-old man, of the 600 blockof Court Street, Elizabeth, onJune 17 for driving while intoxi-cated. He was stopped on Route 73at 3:38 a.m. and charged withdriving while intoxicated and re-leased pending a municipal courthearing.Mount Laurel Police arrested a21-year-old man, of the 100 blockof Camber Lane, on June 18 foraggravated assault. He kicked aresponding member of the MountLaurel emergency medical serv-ice.He was served with criminalcomplaints for aggravated as-sault, resisting arrest, and crimi-
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graduated from Lenape this yearand will be attending the Univer-sity of New Haven. She was oneof many students who spoke tothe board on behalf of Monahan.“I feel good that a lot of us kidsand the parents who went up gota chance to speak their minds andlet the board and the superintend-ent and the administration thatcame tonight know how we feel,”Fox said. “I hope that it madesome difference in their mindsthat we were able to present ourevidence and our feelings as wedid.”Stapleton provided to all boardmembers a binder of 200 pages of documentation showing his posi-tive impact on the school and itsstudents.“Something’s pretty spectacu-lar about this guy,” the lawyersaid of Monahan. “If it’s not thisdistrict some other school isgoing to figure that out.”Lenape Regional High SchoolDistrict Superintendent of Schools Emily Capella said shecannot comment on personnel is-sues. Lenape Regional HighSchool District Board of Educa-tion President Ted Shinske saidat the meeting that the boardmust also refrain from commenton personnel issues.
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