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School Board To Meet Tuesday, Asst. Super Contracts Up For Vote

Toms River Regional School Board to decide three assistant superintendent contracts

The employment contracts for Toms River Regional's three assistant superintendents may be decided Tuesday.

The Toms River Regional School Board will meet in public session at 7:30 p.m. at Toms River High School North. The board will begin in executive session at 6:15 p.m.

The annual contracts of assistant superintendents Debra McKenna and James Hauenstein and interim assistant Superintendent Joseph Pizza expired on June 30.

The contracts were originally on the June regular board meeting agenda, but were removed after the board emerged from executive session, with Board President Ed Gearity saying they were removed for further discussion.

That meeting, the contracts of Superintendent Frank Roselli and Business Administrator Bill Doering did pass, but the assistant superintendents' respective contracts were tabled. Two board members were absent from the meeting and some others have that required their abstention from a particular contract.

The contracts proposed for Tuesday's meeting are similar to the ones proposed a month ago, found .

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.

Attached as a .pdf file is the agenda as posted Monday evening.

blowitouturarse July 18, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Schools will soon be extinct. Elect Obama. You will get a free home,food and healthcare. No need to get an education.
sleef July 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM
fedupintr - You made a conscious decision to take this job knowing it was non-contracted based on your family needs as stated. Yes, there is a discrepancy between contracted vs non-contracted paras, a position which does not require a teaching degree. As a non-contracted para, you do not have the benefit of union representation. It certainly wouldn't hurt to speak to Kathy Eagan, President of TREA, to see what they can do since they do, in fact, represent the contracted paras. Airing you concerns via the media isn't helping your situation. You said it yourself, "this job works for my family...". It's never a good idea to "bite the hand that feeds you", no matter where you choose to work in the public OR private sector.
sleef July 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Catherine - Would you be so kind as to contact the BA, William Doering, at TRRSD and ask him to provide us with the years of teaching and administrative experience for Frank Roselli, Debra McKenna, James Hauenstein, Joseph Pizza and William Doering. Please also ask for clarification of Mr. Pizza "Interim" status and the length of time that he legally can serve in that position. I understand that he is a retired, former principal from the TRRSD and, I believe, has his own consulting (LLC) business.
ragtime July 18, 2012 at 04:29 PM
It stands to reason that these people would be compensated over their years of longevity, just like anyone else. I know one of these individuals has worked there for at least 35 years. I'm sure the salaries are commensurate with the years of experience. What are the salaries of other superintendents and assistants in surrounding districts like Brick, Jackson, Central Regional, etc.?
JD July 20, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Longevity should have nothing to do with salary for admin... there should be a salary range for the position... An assistant super for TR should be in the $150-175k range... period... regardless of how many years you have in the district. Same with teachers... no longetivity pay... someone with 20 years experience should be the same pay as someone with 30 years experience. There are PE teachers making 45K... and some making 90k... smh..

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