2017-18 Business Administrator Contract Approved By BOE

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Published: July 3, 2017 @ 6:00 PM EDT

The 2017-18 annual contract for Roselle Park School District (RPSD) Business Administrator Sue Guercio was formally approved by the Board Of Education (BOE) at their June 27th meeting.

The salary increase for Mrs. Guercio is 2.5% which is greater than previous years’ pay raises. The increase for Mrs. Guercio’s contract since 2011 has been around 2% except for the 2016-17 school year contract which had a 0% increase. Although no reason was ever publicly provided, according to sources familiar with the issue, last year’s lack of increase was a form of disciplinary action against Mrs. Guercio resulting from the Robert Gordon tuition scandal where the relative of the school principal who lived out-of-district went to Robert Gordon without paying tuition until an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request discovered that no payments had been made (link). An e-mail between the Business Administrator and the Robert Gordon School principal revealed that the student was to be classified as ‘tuition-free’ in the district computer system.

No reason has been publicly provided as to the reason for the additional ½ percent salary increase for the coming school year contract over previous raises.

School Year
Salary
Difference ($)
Difference (%)
2011-2012
$143,525.00
2012-2013
$146,395.72
$2,870.72
2.0%
2013-2014
$149,323.23
$2,927.51
2.0%
2014-2015
$152,310.11
$2,986.88
2.0%
2015-2016
$154,976.00
$2,665.89
1.8%
2016-2017
$154,976.00
$0.00
0.0%
2017-2018
$158,850.00
$3,874.00
2.5%

This year’s salary of $158,850 surpasses the $157,500 salary of School Superintendent Pedro Garrido. State law caps the salary of a school superintendent based on school population and other factors. No such restriction applies to a school district business administrator.

Including the total cost of $217,485 associated with the contract, the increase for the 2017-18 Business Administrator’s contract is 2.26%.

Description
Amount
Salary
$158,850
Maximum Paid For Unused Sick Days
$25,000
Separation Pay / Vacation / Other
$15,274
Health & Dental Insurance (removing the amount of employee contribution)
$16,021
Dues Reimbursement
$1,165
Computer (for home use)
$600
Professional Development
$350
Travel & Expense Reimbursement
$225
Total Contract Cost
$217,485

A copy of this year’s contact and the 2016-17 contract are available below for review and/or download:


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