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We Can’t Say It Enough: It’s the Administrators and the NJEA and not the Teachers.

May 12, 2010

David Campbell Photo Credit: Susan Bastnagel

We keep reminding everyone the problem with the school budgets is not the teachers or their compensation.  The problem lies with the NJEA and the proliferation of administrators and their fat salaries and incredibly rich benefits. 

The Courier Post’s Joe Gidjunis did a story, Camden schools top-heavy with leaders, which outlines the fundamental problem with public school funding and spending.  Here are some very telling quotes from the article:

“Camden City Schools approved next year’s budget with layoffs of more than 300 staff. But in the midst of these cuts, the school district retains 102 administrators making more than $100,000 each in base salary, for a total of $12 million annually.” (emphasis added)

“….. for the 2009-10 school year, the district [Camden] has one administrator for every 124.1 students, the third-worst rate in the state among large K-12 school districts….”

“Camden’s administrative costs of $1,403 per student are also higher than the state median, $1,231.”

The problem is not unique to Camden.  The suburban district of Cherry Hill has its cadre of Administrators.  You may recall Cherry Hill is the home of the $262,930.00 per year administrator.

“Especially in tight economic times, classroom instruction is a priority over administrative costs.” 

“Administrators’ responsibilities can be expanded so fewer positions are necessary.”

 However, the most telling quote is;

“In the tri-county, Cherry Hill has the second-highest number of administrators making at least $100K, with 74, at a total cost of $8.9 million.” 

The NJEA continues to tell us it is about the children.  We know otherwise.  If New Jersey had a salary cap of $135,000 for school administrators who do not interact with children in the class room then tax payers would get much-needed relief and there would be money to fairly compensate the teachers who are in the classroom educating our children.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2010 12:21 pm

    It is interesting to see that the school districts are able to save Asst. Principles jobs but still cut teachers left and right. It is dissappointing to see the priority of the Teachers Union is focused at one man instead of the the school Administrations. Shouldn’t they put the children first, maybe cuts in pay to everyone can still have a job and so the students are not effected.

  2. May 18, 2010 4:10 pm

    I have lived here for 55 years, before the change from Delaware Township to
    Cherry Hill. There were only 2 old elementary schools & no Jr. or Sr. high schools. My taxes have helped to build all the current schools. My 3 children & 3 grand children went to these current schools.
    The people like me cannot afford to keep finacing the high cost of the inflated salaries of the Administrators. That is why most of NJ Schooolboards where defeated.


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