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DiCicco: Enact a Superintendent Salary Cap.

July 16, 2010

Domenick DiCicco

 

Assembly Republican Whip Dave Rible and Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco said they will draft legislation based on Governor Christie’s announcement today of his additional toolkit proposal to cap education administrator salaries.  We have said it before, public school administrator salaries are a huge burden on the tax payers and this reform cannot come soon enough for the property tax payers in Camden County.   With administrators like Cherry Hill’s David Campbell collecting a salary in excess of $277,000 this legislation is sorely needed. 

David Campbell

 

“School administrators need to be part of the shared sacrifice equation,” 

explained Rible, who noted that nearly two-thirds of the potential savings would come from six counties, including his home district ($700,000). 

“Their exorbitant salaries are, in part, to blame for the high cost of property taxes associated with education in New Jersey and the state’s chronic budget deficits. We have to begin bringing costs down at all levels of government and especially at the local levels so that officials can work with the new 2.0 cap Governor Christie signed into law on Tuesday.” 

Citing excessive school superintendent salaries as a driver of high property tax rates, Governor Christie, at a news conference today, proposed capping superintendent salaries based on a sliding scale that takes into account student enrollment. The measure, which can save nearly $9.8 million, is an additional toolkit reform to curb abuse and help local school districts control costs. 

“The governor’s hard cap on superintendent pay is a fair and responsible reform that is absolutely necessary for local government officials to operate within the new property tax cap law,” 

said DiCicco, 

“It will cut out-of-classroom costs and the nearly $10 million in savings means more money in our classrooms and that’s always a positive for our students.” 

On average, superintendent salaries have risen more than twice the rate of inflation – a nearly 46 percent increase since 2001, costing New Jersey taxpayers more than $100 million. 

According to the governor’s proposal, administrator pay would be capped at $120,000 annually for a school district with an enrollment of 0-250 students; $135,000 for 251-750 students; $150,000 for 751-1,500 students; $165,000 for 1,502-3,000 students, and $175,000 for 3,001-10,000 students. School boards will not be permitted to authorize increases beyond the caps. 

According to the state Department of Education (DOE), based on current salaries, 70 percent of superintendents currently earn above the proposed salary cap, costing school districts a total of $9.8 million. 

Rible and DiCicco said they have begun the process of drafting the legislation and urge Democrats to immediately begin hearings on the rest of Governor Christie’s government reform package.

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