Battle Brews Between School Boards, Christie Admin.

TRENTON, NJ (WCBS 880) – Several school boards in New Jersey want to get around the pending salary cap and keep their superintendents in place.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

The boards are trying to renegotiate contracts with the superintendents now and extend those contracts to beyond February 7, 2011, when the salary cap goes into effect.

This has led to a brewing battle between those school boards and the administration of Gov. Chris Christie, which is trying to stop the districts from getting around the cap.

Dr. Richard Bozza, the head of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, says they are considering legal action.

“Where any of our members who have not had the opportunity for the law to be followed are considering such action,” Bozza told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney. “We would examine that and absolutely insist that the current law be followed.”

Dr. Bozza says several school boards do not agree with the salary cap proposals, when it comes to paying enough to keep a good district leader.

On Monday, Christie said at a town hall meeting in Gloucester County’s Washington Township, “Rochelle Hendricks, my Commissioner of Education, will be sending a letter out today to the county superintendent of schools in all 21 counties telling them there are to be no contracts renegotiated above the cap before the cap goes into effect. I will not stand for it. If we’re asking teachers to sacrifice, administrators have to sacrifice too and they cannot be sitting here saying that they are some special privileged class of folks who deserve to make that kind of money when everybody else in this state is tightening their belt and making do with less. And so we’re not going to have it.”

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  • Courtney Altman

    How are we going to pay Superintendents enough to interest them in a job with such great responsibility and such a high level of expert knowledge for 130,000? Salaries should be commenseurate with the training one has as an educator. Many superintendents have at leas one Phd. if not more. What do we pay CEO’S ? We already have the possibility of someone with no experience as a teacher or even as part of Educational leadership coming in to help us run our schools like a business. Is that going to be paired with Superintendents lacking in educational knowledge as well. How disasterous for our nation. I fear for our future.

    • JI

      No SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT has $250K or more worth experience!!!!! I FEAR for the tax payer’s future!!! I FEAR for my town’s future because of these crushing school taxes causing folks to abandon their homes that they can’t afford anymore!!!!!!! Hire priincipals into these positions!!! THEY have all of the experience needed!!! You are obviously, rich, unemployed or brain dead!!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH already. Oh, and CEO’s are usually responsible for multi-million dollar BUSINESSES, not schools

  • HH

    You go Christie!!! it is about time someone is doing something about this State and finally not coming after the tax payers. We pay to much damn taxes in this
    State of New Jersey and the Middle Class and the Poor always have to flip for the bill.

  • JD

    Go, Christie!!!

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