The superintendent salary caps were never popular, not among school administrators, who felt like they were being singled out for frequently bloated school budgets, and not by lawmakers, who, although they went along with the governor in 2011, warned of an exodus of top administrators leaving Jersey for New York and Pennsylvania. Richard Bozza, the executive director of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, says the brain drain is real.
“In the last five years, we’ve gone through changes in at least half the superintendents in the state,” he said. “You know, we run an induction program for new superintendents, we had about 130 people in that program. This year we have 70 to 80, so just in that two-year period, when there are about 540 superintendents, you can see there’s been dramatic turnover.”
Because, says Bozza, in many cases, superintendents were having to actually take a pay cut.
“What happened was, and I don’t think most people realize this, for a significant portion of school superintendents it wasn’t a cap,” he added. “When their contract ended, it was a significant reduction for many of those people. They were brought down to a level of the caps in a new contract.” Read more...