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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.

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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