In 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.