PolitickerNJ is reporting that the Assembly Education Committee released a new bill, A-3185, that would require all school districts to use a boilerplate contract for superintendents. This new template would be created by the DOE and include parameters for salary, health insurance, pension, sick days and vacation.
The New Jersey Assembly Republicans issued a press release touting this initiative and quoting Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Republican from Mercer and Monmouth:
Whether it’s accumulating hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of sick days for a big pay-out, or using a phony degree to qualify for a raise, we’ve seen far too many examples in New Jersey where superintendents are more concerned with their wallets than serving taxpayers and their children, We must protect local property taxpayers from dishonest school officials who negotiate illegal or abusive terms into their contracts.
Thank goodness for our righteous public servants, protecting us from those money-hungry, unethical, scheming school board members who negotiate superintendent contracts. No question that the $740,000 payout garnered by former Keansburg superintendent Barbara Trzeszkowski displayed egregious negligence on the part of the pond scum responsible for that gold-plated parachute. So, who was responsible for those “illegal and abusive terms?” None other than the DOE, who has had control of Keansburg for years and, in fact, oversees the school board.