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Prospective 'Sick Bank' Recipient's Husband Speaks Out

Joseph Moor, whose wife, Susan is the West Morris Central Nurse battling cancer, provides clarification of his family's circumstances.

Over the past week, the Teacher's Association's rejection of a sick bank arrangement offered by the West Morris Regional School District and the faculty in the school began their own fundraising campaign has been a hot topic of debate, but all of that is secondary to Joseph Moor.

Moor and his wife Susan, a nurse at West Morris Central currently battling breast cancer, are preparing for her surgery next week and while the behind the scenes talk of the sick bank is far from a priority, Joseph Moor addresses the controversy and his family's role in it in his latest blog.

The sick bank action came about this year to aid Susan Moor who lost all of her accumulated sick days in the spring of 2012 when her 8-year-old daughter died.

The sick bank was an effort by faculty members to donate unused sick time to ill colleagues in the West Morris Regional High School but the Teacher’s Association and Board of Education could not agree on terms.

Moor declined to comment on the stories on Patch, saying that he and his wife are not taxpayers in the community, but wanted to share some details after seeing misinformation in the comments section.

"Many have asked about or assumed facts that were not in the story so I would like to clear up some assumptions so you may review and revise your remarks," Moor wrote in his blog.

A few of the points Moor mentioned:

  • Our family has and will continue to have health insurance coverage through her job.
  • NJ Short Term Disability is not available to public school employees
  • My wife did not ask for the Sick Bank, it was asked for by her colleagues. The school district had “banked” days for other employees that encountered catastrophic health events in the past with district support.
  • In March of 2012 our 8-year-old-daughter was hospitalized for 70 days in the PICU of the Children’s Hospital of New York until her death on May 20, 2012. During that time both my wife and I were with her, someone was at her side 24/7 until and including her death. Susan used all unused sick, personal and NJ Family Leave during that time along with unpaid leave.
  • After our daughter’s funeral and 5 days bereavement leave my wife returned to her job caring for your children on May 29, 2012 and completed the school year.

The complete update and blog can be found here.

Bc January 31, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Translation: don't leave nasty comments. These people are having a rough time that is incomprehensible to most people, only made worse by the inability for there to be a workable solution regarding sick days.
Tracy Lazorchak January 31, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Bc. I totally agree with you. No one knows what goes on in the lives of people who get trashed on the patch. Give these people a break. As for the teachers who wanted to donate their days, god bless you all. As for the board that doesn't agree with it, shame on you!! It's an incredibly kind gesture and its time earned by the teachers. If they want to donate days to their colleagues, I say let them. I feel it's a no brainer. Where is the board's compassion? What if the tables were turned and it was you in Mes. Moore's position? Wouldn't you appreciate the help? I wish the Moore family my best wishes and I pray for your strength and pray that your little girl is at your side in spirit to walk through this valley with you!
LVMom January 31, 2013 at 02:28 PM
i can't believe we as a community can do something. if we can't get her sick days can we raise money for the family. this is horrible. we are a community. we teach our kids to care for others. beyond words... my heart goes to this family.
Bc January 31, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Actually Tracy, it's a small town and a lot of people do know everything that's going on in the lives their neighbors. Which makes it more surprising when residents trash people who are in a situation through no fault of their own.
Liberty January 31, 2013 at 02:39 PM
I don't understand why the Teachers' Org. and Board of Ed. would have a problem with colleagues donating sick days. Why does there have to be agreed-upon-terms? If, say, 10 teachers each offered to donate 2-3 days, that would certainly go a long way in helping out Mrs. Moor. Shouldn't it be up to the teachers how to use their sick time?
Tracy Lazorchak January 31, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Exactly my point. If teachers earn sick time and don't use it, they should be able to donate them. We are a community and I agree that we should teach our children to give to those in need. Where is this world going if we don't lead by example. I'd be more than happy to contribute to help this family out. I don't know them, but would be happy to donate to their cause.
mommy1 January 31, 2013 at 05:50 PM
other places allow the donation of sick days why can't the teachers...why don't we the tax payers have a say...i am appalled to hear that short term disability is not available to school employees, but that is a whole different issue. Prayers for this family.
mommy1 January 31, 2013 at 05:54 PM
what is the whole story...what can they not agree upon, which details?
Heidi Prudente January 31, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I can't imagine this family's heartache. With the help of Cara Fabin of West Morris High School, I will be organizing a fundraising event for Mrs. Moor and her family at Bob's Long Valley Pizza, Deli & Bagels. Details soon...
12345678 January 31, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Does anyone know where donations can be made? I've read that a site has been set up but I've yet to find it...
Sam Slobo February 01, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Anyone opposed to the voluntary donation of sick time needs their head checked. This family needs help, and her co-workers are willing to give it. What's the issue ???? Enough of the nonsense already. I know the PBA 301 will be willing to run an event for the family - they are ALWAYS there for the community. I will reach out to them. Have a heart Washington Township !
Tracy Lazorchak February 01, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Wonderful !! Thank you for organizing. I'll be there. Waiting for details.
Insider February 02, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Lead by example, eh? I believe someones sec complaint runs about 60 pages, perhaps some of us should be tending to our own lives. I know, totally unrelated. Back on topic- The moors deserve everyones support.
Heidi Prudente February 07, 2013 at 12:04 AM
We are hosting a fundraising event to benefit Mrs. Moor and her family at Bob's Long Valley Pizza, Deli & Bagels. Please come in for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner (Dine-In or Take-Out) on Monday, February 11th. 20% of our sales for the entire day will be donated to Mrs. Moor. Donations will also be accepted at the event. https://www.facebook.com/LongValleyPizza

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