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School Board Approves Contracts for Superintendent, Business Administrator

Superintendent Roselli is at salary cap for Toms River Regional, but will receive more from Seaside Park

The contracts of two top administrators of Toms River Regional were approved last night, but the three assistant superintendents’ contracts warrant further discussion, board members said.

Superintendent Frank Roselli and Business Administrator William Doering had their respective contracts approved unanimously.

Toms River salary level capped, but up in Seaside Park, for Roselli

In a contract lasting four years and five months, Roselli’s salary is at the state cap for superintendents, at $177,500 annually, the same he earned last year from Toms River Regional.

There are changes in compensation, however, relating to the two other districts Roselli oversaw as superintendent.

Roselli will earn more in the coming school year, thanks to a bump in salary from Seaside Park. He also has one fewer district he is overseeing.

In 2011-12, Roselli also served as superintendent of the Seaside Park and Seaside Heights school districts, earning an additional $5,080 total.

has installed Central Regional Superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides for the coming school year, ending Roselli's payment from that district.

However, Seaside Park will continue to keep Roselli in its superintendent spot, and taxpayers there will pay him $8,732.

That makes his total salary for serving as superintendents of Toms River Regional and Seaside Park at $186,232.

In 2010-11, Roselli’s total salary for the three jobs equaled $179,000, according to that year’s budget.

Other benefits for Roselli

Roselli also will receive $15,000 for the year to place into a tax-deferred annuity.

There are 25 days paid vacation, all of which can be carried over to subsequent years. However the contract says a payout not to exceed 50 vacation days would be available upon retirement.

Roselli is allowed 15 paid sick days and five personal days. Payout of unused sick time upon retirement cannot exceed $15,000.

He receives a cell phone and reimbursement for expenses such as professional memberships.

Roselli is also entitled to health benefits as well, such as major medical, hospitalization, prescription, vision and dental plans.

Business Administrator Bill Doering said the county superintendent’s office must still certify Roselli’s contract.

Roselli was previously an assistant superintendent and was named interim superintendent in September 2010 following the retirement and arrest of former Superintendent Michael Ritacco.

In , Roselli was named superintendent for the regional school district, and this contract amends the existing contract, in place Feb. 1, 2011, which will expire in 2015.

Business Administrator’s Contract

Doering’s annual salary is $173,400.

There are 25 days paid vacation for Doering, all of which can be carried over to subsequent years. However the contract says a payout not to exceed 50 vacation days would be available upon retirement.

Doering is allowed 15 paid sick days and five personal days. Payout of unused sick time upon retirement cannot exceed $15,000.

Doering is also entitled to health benefits as well, such as major medical, prescription, vision and dental plans.

Assistant Superintendent contracts still up in the air

With the annual contracts of assistant superintendents Debra McKenna and James Hauenstein and interim assistant Superintendent Joseph Pizza expiring on June 30, the board may have to schedule an additional meeting before then to finalize the contracts, said Board President Ed Gearity.

Gearity said the contracts were discussed in executive session before the regular public meeting last night but the reason the board did not vote on them was “essentially for further discussion.”

“We are able to have an emergency meeting if we have to, or a scheduled meeting before the first of the month,” Gearity said.

Board Member Gus Kakavas abstained on the respective votes for the Roselli and Doering, and Gearity abstained on the Roselli vote, due to

Members Jamie Ann Jubert and Tom Baxter were absent from the meeting.

The proposed contracts were:

Interim Superintendent Joseph Pizza

  • $510 per day, not to exceed 260 days. The contract is for one year, July 1 to June 30, 2013. While he isn’t entitled to sick days, Pizza does receive mileage reimbursement and a cell phone. Pizza is filling the vacancy created by the retirement of .

Assistant Superintendent Debra McKenna

McKenna’s annual salary in the new contract would be $172,380. McKenna would also receive $15,000 for the year to place into a tax-deferred annuity.

There are 25 days paid vacation, all of which would be carried over to subsequent years. However the contract says a payout not to exceed 50 vacation days would be available upon retirement.

McKenna would be allowed 15 paid sick days and five personal days. Payout of unused sick time upon retirement cannot exceed $15,000.

McKenna would be also entitled to health benefits as well, such as major medical, prescription, vision and dental plans.

Assistant Superintendent James Hauenstein

was hired as a superintendent in September 2011 from his principal position at high school north, to fill the vacancy created by Roselli's move to superintendent.

His salary for the year ending June 30, 2013 will be $158,100.

Hauenstein would receive 20 days paid vacation, all of which can be carried over to subsequent years. However the contract says a payout not to exceed 40 vacation days would be available upon retirement.

Hauenstein would be allowed 12 paid sick days and five personal days. Payout of unused sick time upon retirement cannot exceed $15,000.

Hauenstein would be also entitled to health benefits as well, such as major medical, prescription, vision and dental plans.

Fedup June 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Instead of approving contracts they should fire anyone who was connected to Ritacco, and then resign.
George June 20, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Why does the board try to hide the extra $15,000 as a tax-deferred annuity instead of calling it a bonus salary? Is that really necessary to keep him in the position, especially because he now has one less town to manage?
Chief Wahoo June 20, 2012 at 04:08 PM
just keep paying those property taxes , this is where 67% of your hard earned dwindling money is going.......... you bunch of sheep
1stcav June 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM
ALL the inflated salaries are at the TOP with ALL the Perks, while the bus drivers, cafe. Cust. and Maint. workers are watched for EVERY penny they earn and contracts are dragged out or they go for years with out !
Laci June 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
School Board members should be able to vote on any issue, if they can't because of a conflict of interest, they shouldn't be on the board.
JD June 20, 2012 at 08:28 PM
When they first were on the board... they didn't have any conflicts... While on the board... they got family members jobs and promotions... etc ergo.. conflict.
Greg June 20, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Though I agree that the administrators are overpaid for the work that they don't do, I have to disagree with you comment that the bus drivers, cafeteria workers and maintenance workers have to be accountable for everything and every penny that they spend. I attended a meeting at High School South where Mighty Mike came out and told all of you that you would either take a pay freeze or he had the contract to privatize the buses and like a bunch of steeples you all stuck together and did what Mighty Mike wanted you to do. Then there was a meeting where some of the cafeteria workers came out to speak that they were not going to be getting a raise but, Donna Mansfield was going to keep her job and her pay. Well, just like the situation above they sat on their hands and said nothing. But, when there was a rumor that one of the BOE members wanted to look at the possibility of privatizing these areas you all came out. Mr. Roselli made the phone call and there you were, sitting there like the good little steeples that this administration had created and wants. The only way that things are going to change is when all of you band together and speak about what is going on behind closed doors at a public meeting. You would be surprised at how much public support you just might get! It is hard to help people who don't want to help themselves! Don't rock the boat because someone in my family may need a job.
teatleytea June 20, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Laci, that is the reason why they did not vote on the Asst. Supers contracts. They didn't have enough votes to pass them and they were afraid that the three new members were going to vote NO! That is how this board work stack the deck and see how we will win.
Ken June 21, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I would like to know which board members voted yes on these contracts??? The cap should be the cap and that includes the money he gets from Seaside Park and the $15,000 bonus he is getting (and yes to me that is a bonus).
JD June 21, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Toms river does NOT have a CAP on salary for Supers since over 10,000 students. The CAP is $175,000 for districts with student population between 5-10,000. Assistant Supers don't have any CAP on salary regardless of size of district.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 03:24 AM
The base salary for superintendents of a district the size of Toms River Regional, according to the state, is capped at $175,000, but waivers are awarded, allowing for compensation over the cap. Here is more info about the cap and its waivers: http://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/552010/approved/20101101b.html
Ken June 21, 2012 at 04:03 AM
JD....there should be a cap. He is definitely over paid!!!! I love the extra $15,000 PER YEAR they are giving him extra for a tax deferred annuity. Like his pension will not be enough. I wish my employer would give me even $1500 per year. This is a joke. Oh I forgot it is all for the children. My children attended Toms River schools, so where is their cut of that money? I still would like to know which board members voted for this so that I could vote them out as board members.
Ken June 21, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Do you know which board members voted yes on this? I really would like to know so I can vote them out when their time comes up for re-election.
Alan K June 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM
$186K/year? That works out to $89.50/hour. This guy had better be working his butt off for that money. Then again, he can't be that good if he needs at least 3 Assistants. What a racket! Wouldn't you think that if he's getting over $15K per month, he would pay his own cell phone bill? Sorry, gotta run, I'm off to work to come up with some $$$ to help pay Mr. Roselli and his Assistants.
JD June 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Your wrong Catherine... Please note... no state mandated Max salary for student population over 10,000... *The Commissioner, on a per case basis, may approve a waiver of the maximum salary amount for districts with a total enrollment of 10,000 or more. Roselli current Toms River base is 177,500.
H.HEMMES June 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Any and every board member who was in during the Ritacco regime should be off the board. Any and every administrator who was "hand picked" by Ritacco regime should be out of a job. That is the only way that the TR Board of ED can truly move forward and put this disgrace of Ritacco behind us.
Tired of the status quo June 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM
H.HEMMES, you are absolutely correct when say that all of the administrators and board members who were there when Mighty Mike was in power need to go. But, if you look at this, we would only have three members on the board and the two hand picked puppets that Roselli appointed in Hauenstein and Pizza. In anyother district they would have posted this job and did a REAL search for the best person for the job and not just take another Ritacco protege. All they did was pay lip service to the few people who attend the meetings by telling them that "we had the best sitting right under our noses in Frank Roselli." If this district truly wanted to move past the cloud that the Ritacco fiasco caused they all would have stepped down to show respect to the taxpayers of the district. But, as you can see it is all about them and business as usual. Please remember that this November there is a school board election where the voters in South Toms River and Toms River can vote for some new members to represent us! In South Toms River the sitting member is Jamie Ann Jubert, and in Toms River there is Jack Reuther and Gus Kakavas. Please remember that we need a change to do what is right FOR THE CHILDREN, the teachers and the taxpayers!
E. Eytan June 21, 2012 at 07:48 PM
The Ritacco Six strike again!
Stan Buchwald July 04, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I know this is and old article, but I just wanted to give my two cents. This was and is the perfect chance for the BOE to show the voters they are looking out for us. I have been supportive in past posts giving the benefit to the remaining Ritacco era members. However the more they just keep on going with the same ol rubber stamping. I'm losing my belief that these members have any idea what they are doing. I guess they now know they will not be re elected,and are just sticking it to us tax payers.
George Schuck August 22, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I'm sure most taxpayers are not aware that the superintendent of the toms river schools receive a salary of $177,000 plus a tax waiver of 15,000 which brings his salary to 192,500 a year, this is not includes the money he gets from Seaside Park
Ken August 22, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Problem is it seems like no one cares. They just keep voting in the same BOE members who rubber stamp everything. Nothing has changed since Rittacco left except for some of the names. Toms River is probably one of the most corrupt school systems in the state

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