Board of Ed Appoints New Supervisors

Appointments to five of the six new district supervisor positions announced in April were approved by the Board of Education at its Tuesday meeting.

Appointments to five of the six were approved by the Board of Education at its Tuesday meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi said the district still was working on selecting a Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts/World Language, and that the process would be complete next week.

The appointments, listed on the agenda, were approved unanimously per the recommendation of the superintendent, effective July 1, for the 2012-2013 school year:

  • Mark DeBiasse — Supervisor of Humanities 6-12 — $118,500
  • Thomas Paterson — Supervisor of Science and Technology Education — $109,999
  • Kathryn Lemerich — Supervisor of Mathematics and Business Education — $90,000
  • Janine Loconsolo — Supervisor of Elementary Education K-5 — $90,000
  • Christopher Kenny — Supervisor of Special Education — $116,500

The seven department supervisor positions at are being abolished at the end of June and the new supervisor positions, created to encompass all grades, are being established in their place.

Rossi has said the change is "cost neutral" and will expand curriculum supervision at the elementary and junior school levels. It also will position the district to have teachers evaluated by supervisors who work outside their buildings, which the district anticipates eventually will be mandated by the state, he said.

Under the plan, the high school department supervisors would return to their teaching duties full time next school year.

madisonwatchdog June 27, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Guess we have found money. We have 6 new supervisors and are filling new teaching positions? I really don't understand the financials here. Dr. Nittell - 132,000 DeBiasse $118,500 Paterson $109,999 Lemerich $90,000 Loconsolo $90,000 Kenny $116,500 6h Position $90,000 on low side THAT'S $656,999!!!! Then add the amount for hiring a social studies teacher to replace Mark DeBiassi and Mrs. Bruheny as well. I do understand that some of the old sueprvisors went back to the classroom so that amount should be deducted. Based on the track record it seems we hire on the higher end of the scale - Step 16 for a new math Teacher for $82,000 last night? From reading Roxbury newspapers online, that seems to be the major critique of Dr. Rossi - adding layers of admin and hiring teachers on the high end of the payscale. The result was not having support to get budgets passed which could cause major damage to our district like 2 years ago. Now that we are Roxbury in less than a year with the supervisor structure and rotatig block schedule, should we expect to follow that model he created exactly for the future? I know Lisa and the BOE are open to answering questions, but I have to say perception is terrible for the administration in the public (plus not everyone reads the patch). People think Dr. Rossi is rude and a poor communicator. I still don't understand why so many changes in one year. Does he think Madison was such a terrible district?
Mikey D June 27, 2012 at 04:07 PM
"When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Rossi does what he knows and does best. In my experience, he's not the sharpest pencil I've ever spoken with and his track record of adding chiefs instead of indians is par for the course. But, hey! It's Madison! We burn $100 bills to amuse our children!
Chris Johnson June 28, 2012 at 01:38 AM
I also believe they are getting more money then the building administration. What does that say about them-forget the old admins, we now have new ones and hope they leave? I always thought it was harder to run a building than to write curriculum. I guess they think differently at the BOE.
Lisa Ellis June 28, 2012 at 02:37 AM
At the BOE meeting last night, Mr. Nittel gave a comprehensive curriculum presentation (look for it shortly on www.madisonpublicschools.org) that outlined the many changes coming down from the NJDOE. These include adoption of the National Common Core Standards, a new testing program - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and a new time intensive teacher evaluation system - Excellent Educators for New Jersey (EE4NJ). The BOE has thought about shifting to a K-12 supervisory structure for many years but with these new initiatives coming our way it became imperative to make the change now. The financial reality is this:
Lisa Ellis June 28, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Cost of Former Supervisory Model, if we had maintained the structure for 2012/13: $722,783 10 month positions; with the exception of Visual and Performing Arts, all were high school based with limited 6-8 responsibility English: $111,380 Social Studies: $109,599 Foreign Language: $111,380 Math: $111,025 Science: $89,800 Special Education: $109,599 Visual & Performing Arts: $80,000 Cost of new supervisory structure, all 12 month: $614,999 Humanities (6-12): $118,500 Science & Technology (K-12): $109,999 Math & Business (K-12): $90,000 Elementary Education (K-5): $90,000 Special Education (K-12): $116,500 Visual & Performing Arts/Foreign Language (K-12): $90,000
Lisa Ellis June 28, 2012 at 02:39 AM
The new Supervisory Model will save us over $107,000. Also, we will not need to hire a full time replacement for Mark DeBiasse. We will be able to cover his classes by internal scheduling adjustments. Mr. Nittel is making $25,000 less than his predecessor and Dr. Rossi is earning over $50,000 less than his. It is also common for us to have to bring teachers, especially in Math and Science, in higher on the guide. We are committed to putting the most highly qualified candidate we can in each position. Dr. Rossi, the rest of the administration and the Board actually think that Madison is probably one of the best school districts in the state if not the country, however; we are determined to effectively and proactively meet the impending challenges from the NJDOE and keep the district moving toward ever higher achievement for all our students.
Lisa Ellis June 28, 2012 at 02:53 AM
The salaries of the building pirncipals will all fall in the range of $128,000+ to $159,000+ for the 2012-2013 which is approximately $10,000 more than the highest paid supervisory position. The detailed job descriptions for the new positions can be obtained by contacting the Business Office at 973-593-3101.
Chris Johnson June 28, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Lisa, I always thought the Asst. Principal did more than a supervisor, but based on thos model the Sup. are making much more. I thought being in direct contact with students and parents was always tougher than curriculum documents. I understand the principals are makning more, but not by much. Especially KRS and MJS
Lisa Ellis June 28, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Please get a copy of the new job descriptions, writing curriculum is just a small part of the job. The new supervisors are primarily supervising people not documents...the new teacher evaluation system - Excellent Educators for New Jersey (EE4NJ) almost doubles the number of observations required. Our Assistant Principals will make $114,000+ and $109,000+, so the only supervisors making more will be the ones who have been with us for many years prior to this new assignment. The principals and assistant principals are also getting other monetary benefits in their contract. You can obtain a copy of this contract at the Business Office. Also, the new supervisors are immediately subject to the significant health care contributions mandated by NJ while the principals and assistant principals are protected for the length of the current contract which expires in 2013.
Karin Swenson Szotak June 28, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Lisa, I don't think the $107K savings you mention is an accurate reflection of savings. It may be what we save in the supervisory roles, but we still have 3-4 teachers (depending on who is hired for the Arts/Language position), whose salaries were included in the former model and now must be added to the teachers salaries in the new model. Yes, I believe they are less dollars, but overall, is there a net cost savings, or an increase? What is the actual difference, taking this into account? Oh and madisonwtchdog, we don't have to worry about budgets not passing, bc we don't vote on them anymore. Depending on your perspective, this could be a positive impact.
Chris Johnson July 11, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I believe the science syupervisor and is making more than the assistant principal at MJS and he has no admin experience. I know that the Asst. at MJS has over 5 years exp and has been in education for 15 years. I also have friends that are admins and the job of a building admin is much more demanding than a supervisor. They are the face of the building and ultimately the district, not the supervisors. I am sure this is not sitting well with existing admins or perhaps it is, but I can't see why it would.
Lisa Ellis July 12, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Please refer to my last comment. They will be making about the same in salary but the benefit differences I mentioned above are significant. Also note when the current contract expires. Both of our assistant principals sat on our hiring committees for these positions - willingly and enthusiastically. They are both phenomenal educators and I believe they both know that they are extremely valued.


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