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The Time has Come for Salary Caps.

April 23, 2010

Assemblyman Dave Rible

In professional sports salary caps are commonplace.   The NBA (professional basketball) implemented a salary cap in the 1984-1985 season.  The NFL  (professional football) followed suit with its salary cap in 1994.  The 1994-1995 baseball strike and the 1994-1995 hockey lockout were nothing more than a labor fight over salary caps.  After all if basketball and football had salary caps then why not baseball and hockey?   While MLB does not have a salary cap it now has a “luxury tax” for baseball team payrolls exceeding a specified amount.  The NHL now has a rookie salary cap. 

Assemblyman David Rible has given us a  commons sense approach to containing school board budgets.  He introduced A-2576, a bill that would limit the compensation of school district employees, other than teachers, to  $5,000 less than the salary of the Commissioner of Education.  Remember, the Commissioner of Education is the chief executive school officer of New Jersey, supervises all public schools, and is also a member of the Governor’s cabinet.  Currently the Commissioner of Education is Bret Schundler and he earns $141,000 annually.   

This bill is, in essence a salary cap for school administrators.  This cap would not apply to teachers who are on the front line of educating our children.  That is a good idea.  

One might wonder is this really necessary?  How much could the tax payers of New Jersey save if we implemented an administrator salary cap?


Consider this, according to the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE): 

More than 725 school administrators are making more than $141,000 annually, including nearly 60 school superintendents drawing annual salaries of $200,000 or more.   

If you do not know what the superintendent makes in your school district ask.  What you find out may shock you!  

Take Cherry Hill for example.   Its superintendent, David Campbell, earns $262,930 per year.   

David Campbell Photo Credit Susan Bastnagel

I wonder if Campbell is saying the reason teachers have such rich benefits is because they do not make less than their countrparts in the private sector?  If Campbell retires and gets 65% of his annual salary as a pension benefit he will receive $170,553.50  per year for LIFE.  Indeed a sweet deal.  Unfortunately, for the residents of Cherry Hill he will, in all likelihood, continue to get generous raises.  Any wonder the school board budget was defeated in Cherry Hill?  

If Dave Rible’s bill was law David Campbell salary would be capped at $136,000.  Can anyone say (with a straight face) that even with the salary cap he is not making a good living?  Better yet should any school administrator make more than New Jersey’s chief executive school officer?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. marie denz permalink
    April 24, 2010 8:15 am

    I agree with a salary cap and limited defined benefits for administrators as well as government officials. Also in place should be requirements that clearly show if the administrator/ official is achieving the goals for his district which merit his or her salary.
    Am glad the public awareness has been raised.

  2. DIANA ROOD permalink
    May 3, 2010 5:14 pm

    Please keeping with the teaching cutbacks. We out here can’t do it. We rely on you. We want this, after all, we aren’t seeing raises.
    Thanks for all you are doing, Diana Rood

  3. May 3, 2010 11:30 pm

    Diana: thanks for the note! We’ll keep at it!


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