Milburn, NJ – Teachers provide generations of youth with the tools to get ahead in life, and those who are school administrators should also do so with years of experience and education under their belts.
Like private corporations, their salaries increase with more years and training.
But some are earning more than $200,000 a year after retirement, especially since Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the cap on their salaries in 2019 that Gov. Chris Christie had put in place in 2011.
A recently released list of high-paid superintendents and administrators in the state showed that among the top-paid, the highest-paid in Hudson County, Frank Gargiulo made $300,000 even when he retired during the previous school year. Earn.
Two other New Jersey administrators—not necessarily from larger districts—are also earning $300,000.
In 2011, the then Govt. Chris Christie implemented a $175,000 limit for superintendents. The administration raised its maximum base salary to $191,584 in 2017. But Governor Phil Murphy signed a law in 2019 that eliminates the superintendent’s salary cap. They set guidelines for school-executive contracts to limit or standardize bonuses and other perks.
According to an analysis by NJ Advance Media, some of the state’s highest-paid superintendents – especially in more affluent districts – have received generous pay increases over the past year.
The salary of the 700-student Demarest district superintendent increased nearly 50 percent from $153,967 to $228,477. Milburn’s superintendent’s salary increased from $167,500 to $228,477, NJ Advance Media reported.
Milburn’s superintendent, Dr. Christine Burton, came 30th on a recently compiled list of 2,556 administrators and principals in New Jersey.
Elsewhere in Essex County, Livingston Schools Superintendent Matthew Block came in 47th among the highest-paid. Bloomfield’s Salvatore Goncalves came on 55.
Milburn has a demanding clientele and recent successes. U.S. News & World Report placed Milburn High School in the top 20 out of all 445 New Jersey high schools this year and in the top 500 out of more than 17,800 schools in the country.
Milburn was among the most National Merit Scholarship finalists of the state’s public, nonmagnetic schools.
Superintendent Burton earned a salary of $244,684, according to a list compiled by Patch. Other Milburn administrators finished further down the list.
The list is here: $150K-Plus Salary for 2,556 NJ Superintendents, Principals
Patch Editor Josh Bakken contributed to writing and reporting this story.