Superintendent pay caps now a thing of the past in New Jersey

Jul 21, 2019 by

School boards from Sussex County to Cape May could soon begin rewriting contracts to accommodate their superintendents’ demands for more money following Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s signing of a bill Friday repealing the superintendent salary caps that have been in place the last eight years.

Former Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, issued the salary cap rules in February 2011 as a tool to help school boards contain budget and property tax increases following several well-publicized cases of superintendents getting salary packages of as much as $300,000 or more per year, along with other emoluments and perks, during a recession and fiscal crisis that saw most teachers across the state take a one-year pay freeze and others laid off.

“I think it’s bad timing and sends a wrong message for Governor Murphy to be lifting salary caps when the state is in dire need of paying its bills and is cutting tens of millions of dollars from public education in the 24th District,” Wirths said. “I also don’t think there’s going to be much sympathy for someone making $191,000 saying it’s not enough for them to live on.”

Although the new law signed by Murphy makes it all but impossible for a future governor to reinstate the caps, which most recently topped out at $191,584, it does add a few new restrictions to prohibit schools from compensating superintendents for other things such as their state and federal taxes or their required pension and health insurance contributions.

Source: Superintendent pay caps now a thing of the past in New Jersey; local reaction mixed – New Jersey Herald –

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