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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.

JD July 17, 2012 at 01:25 PM
A paraprofessional does NOT make 9k per year... they make about $20k/yr... it's in the meeting notes online!!! http://www.trschools.com/administration/docs/attachments/ATT20120619P.pdf feduptr is full of crap with her posts... she fails to include the benefits package and how many hours she works per year.
fedupintr July 17, 2012 at 01:34 PM
JD a contracted para makes that . A non contracted para works the same hours,same job description with no benefits. They are paid 58.50 a day ,the days I need to be off are without pay.That is not in the meeting notes online. So please before you start accusing me of being full of crap get your facts straight. I think i would know how much i make and what my benefits are which is nothing . Thank god I don't need the health benefits
JD July 17, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Mrs. J... All 4 are from Ritacco era... Kakavas and Jubert are up for re-election.
JD July 17, 2012 at 01:46 PM
fedupintr... that is called a "Substitute".... yes... you are full of crap... you moron. there are full-time substitutes throughout the district.. substitute teachers make $80 or so.
fedupintr July 17, 2012 at 01:56 PM
JD you really are clueless, yes a sustitute teacher makes $80.Para's who come to work everyday and work in the same classroom for the whole school year without a contract,no benefits,does the same job as the para who is contracted. Yes we make $58.50 a day.The substitute para who goes in to a school when called to work because a para calls out sick makes $58.50 a day. So please stop with the name calling and get yourself educated because if anyone looks like a moron it's you.Go find a topic you do know about.
JD July 17, 2012 at 02:13 PM
fedupintr... so what is your point... You finally got it.... you are a sub-para... so what!!! You claimed you were a para making 9k... now we find out you are a SUB-Para...
fedupintr July 17, 2012 at 02:25 PM
JD please go back and read everything,you truly are clueless
take_the_power_back July 17, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Being someone who is new to this town (and being a homeowner) could someone please tell me where I can find out about where/when these meetings are, and where I can go to inform myself on the issues? While I have strong opinions on some of these issues, I don't feel that I'm well enough informed to stand up and let my voice be heard. TIA
fedupintr July 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Toms river board of ed web site
Greg July 17, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Mrs. J., you are absolutely correct in you assumption. Here are the members of the Ritacco 6: Mr. Mike Jedziniak, Mr. Tom Baxter, Mr. Ed Gearity, Mrs. Jamie Ann Jubert, Mr. Jack Reuther and Mr. Gus Kakavas. This coming November here are three of the Ritacco Six who are up for reelection and they are Mr. Jack Reuther and Mr. Gus Kakavas from Toms River and Mrs. Jamie Ann Jubert from South Toms River. Then the following year the rest of the Ritacco Six are up and they are Mr. Mike Jedzinak from Pine Beach, Mr. Tom Baxter from Toms River and Mr. Ed Gearity from Beachwood. So come on all of the taxpayers of Toms River and South Toms River here is our chance to rid this board with the cancer that allowed Ritacco to get away with what he did for all of these years stealing money not only from the taxpayers but, he also stole money from the children and the teachers of this district.
Donna Griffin July 17, 2012 at 03:12 PM
fedupintr - It seems that your teachers' union may not be working in your best interest if you need to dip into your own pocket for school supplies. The real problem is that the tax-paying public is a bottomless pit of cash for public sector administrators, unions officials and yes, dare I say, employees. THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY!!! Wasteful spending and poor results put private companies out of business. Wouldn't it be prudent then to hold school officials and educators to a high standard? After all, it's only our kids....
Greg July 17, 2012 at 03:24 PM
fedup and HR, if you all came out to a meeting to speak about what is going on in the classroom and tell the public just how these building are not being cleaned or repaired properly you just might be surprised at how much support you would get from the public. You are both correct that if you came out as an individuals they would try and do something underhanded to either you or your children but, if you came out in FORCE and all spoke they would be very hard pressed to do something to all of you. If any of this ever hit the paper you would see how the taxpayers are behind you. You the employees and parents of students of this district have the knowledge of what is and isn't going on with this district! You the employees and the parents have the facts about what is or isn't being done either with the education of our children or the up keep of these buildings. We are all in agreement that we want the best education for the children of this district as they are the future of this country.
Greg July 17, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The School Board Meetings are every third Tuesday of the month and the Toms River Township Council Meeting are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month and their agendas are listed on the Township web site. The meetings and meeting place is located on the Toms River Regional School District web site as are the committee meetings that are always held at 1144 Hooper Avenue. Please take the power back never be afraid to as a question the only stupid question is the question that is never asked!
Catherine Galioto (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Hi Dee, here is one of our articles about the ballot for November, for the school board election: http://patch.com/A-tQln
JD July 17, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I disagree with what you said.. and sub-para's don't get a contract... duh! Did you ever think maybe there is a reason they WON'T bring you on as a full-time para... Now, if you want to discuss quality of teachers, supervisors, etc... different discussion. Regarding supplies and cleanliness of schools... I don't see it and I've been in several schools.
JD July 17, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Also, the website has the agenda and attachments for every meeting posted... They are posted about a day before the meeting...
RPtoTR July 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
My three children graduated from TRHS North. Mr. Hauenstein made significant positvie impact on the school and educational environment from the first day he started as principle. He is one of the good guys. I do not think the salaries are out of line for highly professional, degreed. experienced educational experts. The question of course is do these individuals meet those requirements. I wish we could trust the BOE to make that assesment.
JD July 17, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Albeit Hauenstein is a nice guy... he lacks the leadership to be in that position... During his tenure as Principal of TRN... 1. TRN went from being ranked in the 50-60th percentile to the 35th percentile. 2. TRN did not make AYP for 8 years straight and counting. 3. TRN has a drug problem... moreso than any other HS in Toms River. 4. 1 of 3 students from TRN don't pass HSPA on the 1st round and can't graduate HS.. thereby requiring retests, etc etc.
RPtoTR July 17, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I can only comment on our experience and that of our children's peer group. I know many families, including my own, that have Honor Students and special needs students that were positiviely influenced by Mr Hauenstein. There was a significant improvement from the previous principal. Some of the items you list look like parenting problems as well as educational.
JD July 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Items 1, 2, and 4 are educational issues... item 3.. I'm talking about drugs "IN" the school.... but yes... parenting issues... Like I said... he is a nice guy... but lacks leadership skills to improve the schools...
blowitouturarse July 18, 2012 at 03:47 AM
my plumber and tatoo artist make more than these asst. superintendents.
blowitouturarse July 18, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Why don't all you malcontents move to Lakewood?
blowitouturarse July 18, 2012 at 03:56 AM
There sure are alot of whiners in Toms River.
blowitouturarse July 18, 2012 at 04:05 AM
To the dimwit who thinks his doctor makes less than these asst. superintendents, do you live in this world?
blowitouturarse July 18, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Put the custodians in charge. They will clean up the schools.
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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