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Negotiations Restarted With Future Toms River Superintendent

State has recommended changes to prospective superintendent's contract

David M. Healy (Patch File Photo)
David M. Healy (Patch File Photo)
The state Department of Education has recommended changes to a draft contract signed between the Toms River Regional Board of Education and David M. Healy, who has been appointed as the district's new superintendent.

The recommended changes to the contract has necessitated further negotiations, said Business Administrator William Doering.

"Toms River is a district that doesn’t technically have a salary cap, since we are over 10,000 students," said Doering. "There was an informal agreement regarding parameters with DOE, but with the change in commissioners, it is being looked at again."

The state caps superintendent salaries at $175,000 per year in a tiered system that is dependent on student population. But districts such as Toms River, with more than 10,000 students, can ask the state to waive the cap.

Healy was appointed by the school board March 11, but the contract – the terms of which were not publicly released due to the possibility that negotiations would have to be restarted – had to be approved by the state.

While board members unanimously approved the hiring of Healy, Alex Pavliv and Ginny Rhine both voted against the terms of the draft contract itself.

Doering said district officials are hopeful a new contract will be approved by the state within days.

"We will have to have another public meeting if in the end the contract is changed from the draft originally submitted," he said.
letsgetreal March 27, 2014 at 07:22 AM
@Failed... We are def doomed....dark days to continue....no sunrise on the horizon with these two running the show.
letsgetreal March 27, 2014 at 07:23 AM
@Doug I doubt he has either...with that said if the board did (or hired a company to do it) a proper vetting of the new Super there should be no issues...but listen this is NJ so....eventually issues are either created by corrupt politicians or old dormant ones surface...either way its a wait and see...
Chief Wahoo March 27, 2014 at 08:24 AM
OK. Give him $750,000. Give him a Tesla. His mortgage paid off. Season tickets to the Giants. And an Ez pass. BUT THAT'S MY FINAL OFFER !!!!
grace March 27, 2014 at 08:38 AM
funny @ chief but kinda true...i say hold out til they give you a home on the intercoastal in florida and a couple of safe deposit boxes
Bottom Line March 27, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Who at the State is even there to approve the contract??? Everyone resigned to move to the more "lucrative" private sector. Wait and see indeed! The real shame are the Ritacco hires who have tenured contracts with tax shelters, insurance payouts and all the rest! Wish I could get that!

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