NJ Spotlight: Controversial Superintendent Salary Cap Under Discussion — Again

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Criticism of Gov. Chris Christie’s caps on school superintendent pay has been a broken record for school chiefs and many of their board members since it was imposed three years ago.

But now the question is what happens in little more than a year when the caps are supposed to expire.

The Joint Committee on the Public Schools is holding a hearing today in which it has invited stakeholders and others to speak about the impact of the pay limits and what happens next.

Christie imposed caps in early 2011 that limit pay to chiefs commensurate with the enrollment in their schools, from $125,000 to a ceiling at $175,000 — his own salary — except in the case of the state’s largest districts.

Read the full NJ Spotlight story here.

Editor’s note: The hearing should be of interest to residents of South Orange and Maplewood as the school district is currently in the process of hiring a new superintendent of schools. In a Wall Street Journal, former Superintendent Brian Osborne stated that the cap was a major factor in his decision to leave for a new position — and substantial salary increase — in New Rochelle, NY.


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