District Statement Regarding Board of Education Member Indicted on Criminal Charges
STATEMENT FROM THE JACKSON SCHOOL DISTRICT REGARDING THE INDICTMENT OF BOARD MEMBER TARA RIVERA
APRIL 11, 2022
The Jackson School District has been informed by law enforcement that Board Vice President Tara Rivera has been indicted on charges of cyber harassment and invasion of privacy. An indictment is a formal charge accusing a person of committing a crime for which the individual will ultimately stand trial if the matter is not otherwise resolved.
The Jackson School District and the Board of Education does not condone any type of harassment or inappropriate use of technology.
If a public official, like a board member, is convicted of certain crimes, the law requires that person to forfeit his/her public office. In this case, there has been no conviction. Therefore, the Superintendent and Board of Education do not have the authority to remove one of its members.
It is important to know that all Board of Education members undergo a New Jersey criminal history background check upon election or appointment to the Board. Only those clearing this background check are eligible to serve on the Board. There was no disqualifying or other offense on Ms. Rivera’s record when she commenced her service on the Board.
The safety and security of our students has been, and will remain, our school's most important job. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Board will not comment any further at this time.