Montclair Administrators Sacrifice Pay Raises

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

budget cuts.jpgIn response to Governor Christie’s budget cuts on education, Superintendent Alvarez announced that for the second year in a row, top administrators will forgo a pay raise in an effort to help Montclair’s teachers, other staff in the district and the education system.
Last week, Renaissance school parents and staff feared the budget cuts would ruin the magnet program in place, but were assured by Dr. Alvarez that the district would avoid that, but stated that there would be changes to come.
From the district’s website:

Superintendent Frank Alvarez announced today that he and members of his senior staff will waive their contractual right to pay raises due this year. Salaries will also be frozen for other Central Office personnel who earn in excess of $75,000. The decision is directly related to a school budget crisis that now appears far more severe in light of expected deep cuts in New Jersey state aid to our schools.
“This salary freeze is part of the senior leadership team’s commitment to avoiding substantial cuts to our teacher and staff workforce and to programs that are key to our educational mission,” said Dr. Alvarez, who also declined a pay raise last year to help balance the 2009-2010 school year budget.
Dr. Alvarez noted that the district’s principals are currently in discussion regarding their own contract provisions in light of the budget crisis and that the MEA has been formally asked by the Board of Education to reopen contract negotiations to try to avoid extensive job cuts.
“We hope to see movement in both of these areas,” Alvarez added. “Now is the time for everyone associated with the education of our children in Montclair to come together to avoid, or at least lessen, the potentially devastating effect of these budget cuts.”

Governor Christie will present his $29.3 billion budget proposal and school aid cuts this afternoon at 1 pm. See it live here.

9 Comments

  1. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  March 16, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    Great.
    Now how about ELIMINATING some Administrative roles?
    Really, if they are considering getting rid of some teachers, let’s get rid of some administrators.
    Funny though, the teachers make the difference, whereas you could lose a few administrators and I’m sure no one would notice…..

  2. POSTED BY ViV  |  March 16, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    I can’t stop my tears.

  3. POSTED BY butterfly  |  March 16, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    too many admins ….

  4. POSTED BY cmeinmontclair  |  March 16, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

    Welcome to reality. My company has had several rounds of layoffs, no pay increases for 2 years and many people I know left feeling lucky to be employed.
    Until Obama is out of office everyone has to hold on & pray they make it. Big tax cuts for all are what the economy needs — not a bogus stimulus to create a few temporary jobs building bridges. And who knows where the rest of that money has gone (perpaps into the DNC’s coffers??) The economy would definitely have been recovering if a Republican had won the white house.

  5. POSTED BY walleroo  |  March 16, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    Huzzah, prof, huzzah.
    This is good as a first step, but it shouldn’t replace drastic downsizing in the administrative ranks.

  6. POSTED BY googleaddict  |  March 16, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    cmeinmontclair, you are so funny, you should go into standup. Unless you are serious, in which case you should have your short-term memory checked out…

  7. POSTED BY cmeinmontclair  |  March 16, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    I’m serious as our sinking economy. Bush may have done some things wrong, but he was no Obama. He gets a bum wrap because he wasn’t a great communicator & because of the Iraq War.
    Regan tax cuts worked wonders for the economy. Even Bill Clinton was smart enough to listen to his republican controlled congress and change course, cutting spending & taxes. Obama should listen to Dick Morris just like Clinton did. Clinton’s stock goes up every day Obama remains in office. I would have taken Hillary over this idealogue any day.

  8. POSTED BY onthehill  |  March 17, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    one of the big problems in Monclair is the board/administration staff if over paid. I am glad they won’t take the raise now how about cutting those top people. Really schools are for kids not for administrators making much more than they should. How do the kids in school rank within other NJ schools and then rank what we pay administrators comparatively. I imagine it won’t match up

  9. POSTED BY mackelvis  |  March 17, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    Back in Indiana, the various schools that I attended had a principal, assistant principal and a secretary. That was it. So I can’t understand why schools, in this area, feel the need to have so many dang administrators.

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