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.

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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