$200K-plus

14 08 2008

By HEATHER APPEL, STAFF WRITER |

About 40 in Paterson made at least $90,000 Three Passaic County public schools chiefs earned more than $200,000 a year as of January 2008, according to a list released Wednesday by the state Department of Education that details the salaries and benefit packages for every administrator statewide.

The report also shows that a Bergen County superintendent is one of two in New Jersey whose compensation topped the $300,000 mark.

The data was released just three months after Keansburg Schools Superintendent Barbara Trzeszkowski, 60, retired with a $740,000 severance package, which included compensation for years of unused vacation and sick days.

The state Attorney General’s Office has since filed suit in Superior Court to declare the severance payout “null and void.”

School board officials have argued that the Keansburg case was not typical and that most administrator salaries are reasonable for the quality of educational leaders the districts are seeking to attract.

In fact, New Jersey ranks 41st in the nation in the percentage of public school dollars that go toward administrative costs, said Frank Belluscio, spokeman for the New Jersey School Boards Association.

In Passaic County, former Paterson schools chief Michael Glascoe, Passaic city Schools Superintendent Robert Holster and Ray Kwak, superintendent of Passaic County’s Manchester Regional school district, earned base salaries of more than $200,000, in addition to compensation for unused vacation and sick days and other perks.

Robert J. Aloia, who heads the Bergen County vocational and special services district, has perks valued at nearly $80,000 on top of his annual salary of $231,920, according to the state data.

In Paterson, nearly 40 employees earn more than $90,000, compared with just 27 in the Jersey City school district, which is also under state control and has a larger enrollment.

The compensation figures were based on a “snapshot” of administrative salaries taken for the more than 600 New Jersey school districts statewide on Jan. 1.

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