There Are 608 CEO’s In New Jersey The Need Their Salaries Capped!


By: Michael John McCrae

I read today that President Barack Hussein Obama wants to cap the salaries of all CEO’s whose organizations are accepting Federal Money under the corporate bailout plans adopted under the so-called “economic stimulus”. His idea is that no corporate leader should be making more than five-hundred thousand dollars while his/her business or bank is in debt to the government.

This is both interesting and expected. Socialism demands government take control of business and dictate policy for the greater good of the general population.

Now, I am from New Jersey and I was curious about the state of education in my state. I was actually curious about the amount of federal funding that goes to my state to support public education and while searching a few websites I came across an update posted by the President of the New Jersey School Boards Association (Harry J. Delgado) entitled: “Good News: New Jersey’s Public Schools”.

The update, posted in January of this year was very good news indeed. New Jersey’s students seem to be scoring well in all the major categories of reading and language skills, as well as mathematics. State-wide drop-out rates are among the lowest in the nation, as is the teacher-student ration of twelve to one.

Mr. Delgado’s report began: “New Jersey’s public schools educate approximately 1.4 million children. Public education constitutes the largest single government-funded operation in our state.”

I went looking.

New Jersey’s public school systems are broken into 608 districts across the state. Each system employs roughly the same types of teachers, supervisory staffs and support personnel. A quick review of available public school positions revealed more than two hundred possibilities. I concentrated on only one of these positions: The District Chief Administrator/Superintendent. I did not go very far into the 608 position list.

I looked at only the first four counties represented: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington and Camden. I looked at the salary of each district position and going by Mr. Delgado’s “…largest single government-funded operation…” comment I wanted to see what the taxpayers were actually paying for 608 essentially non-teaching positions.

Atlantic County has twenty-four school districts of varying size. The lowest listed salary was $87,500 for the Port Republic School District. The highest salary was $182,875 for the Egg Harbor School District. Averaging the high and the low gives us $135,187.50 for those twenty-four Atlantic County Superintendents or a total of $3,244,500 each year for that district just for the chief supervisors who do not teach children.

Bergen County reflected 73 separate school districts with the lowest paid position being the Bogota School District at $54,000. Yet Bergen County also boasted the highest position of all those I scanned, being the Ridgefield Park School District at $250,000. This averaged $152,000 for the 73 positions, or $11,096,000 each year just for supervisors similar to Atlantic County.

Burlington County detailed 37 school districts with Bass River on the low end at $93,694 and Lenape at the high end $187,000. The average here is $140,597 with the annual total for 37 districts being $5,202,089 paid to non-teaching-chief-supervisors.

My home county of Camden has 34 school districts showing the lowest paid chief superintendent being Magnolia’s at $95,200 and the highest salaried being that of Cherry Hill at $237,600. The average Camden County position comes to $166,400 or $5,657,600 each year for the 34 senior education bureaucrats.

Now if these were the only 4 school districts in all of New Jersey I might not have heartburn. But there are 608 total CEO positions just for public school districts that handle a mere 1.4 million students. Taking the average of just the first 4 counties we might conclude $148,546.12 multiplied by those 608 supervisory positions is a whole lot of money to be spending on non-teaching teachers. That is $90,316,044 being paid for a whole lot of redundancy since many of these highly paid CEO’s handle school districts that are within 50 miles radius of each other. It might be wise to begin looking at some of these people who have been living off the federal largess for 20, 30 and in some cases 40 years. Each is being paid an average of $64,511.46 for every child in the New Jersey public school system. What is wrong with that picture?

How many school district CEO’s do you have being paid big bucks for their non-teaching position?

Do you suppose a teacher would rather be paid that same $64 thousand per child in their classroom per year?

I know. That will never happen. This is waste. Obama said he would eliminate government waste and redundancy. It is time to start looking at the possibility of consolidating all the high salaried superintendent positions into perhaps a single superintendent for each county. Better yet, a single state Czar of Education to coordinate with local school boards would save quite a wad of cash!

President Obama says to “cap” the salaries of CEO’s. Looking at New Jersey’s cadre of education system CEO’s? I couldn’t agree more.

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