As school administrator contracts expire in New Jersey, employees will be subject to a salary cap. Of course, if you’re contract is about to expire and you’re making more than the proposed cap, that means a pay cut. To keep the high-paid administrators on staff at the current (or higher) salaries, school boards are suggesting contract extensions instead of new contracts.
Some of the contract extensions included guaranteed pay increases of thousands of dollars per year.
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is calling some administrators out by name, and instead of shutting their traps, these over-paid administrators are fighting back. One in particular, who was called out by Christie, suggested he would simply have to consider moving to another state to work that does not have a salary cap.
Christie’s response? “Let me help you pack.”
A pretty good line I’d say. We don’t have video or audio of the Christie response (yet), but we do have the video from the event where Christie called out Seitz.
I give you the “new poster boy for all that is wrong with the public school system that is being dictated by greed. His name is Lee Seitz.” Seitz is the superintendent of schools in Parsippany, N.J. From the GovChristie YouTube Channel.
From NewJersey.com on Nov. 11.
The day before the meeting Seitz is quoted in the Daily Record as saying, “Because of the proposed salary caps, I have to look at my future and the financial welfare of my family. I certainly would have options if I didn’t feel the compensation in this district, or New Jersey, is appropriate.”
The governor reacted to Seitz’s veiled threats to leave New Jersey and go to a nearby state where there is no state salary. “I will say in response to Mr. Seitz, ‘Let me help you pack.’ We have real problems in our state that we have to fix and we don’t have the time, nor the money, nor the patience any longer for people who put themselves before our citizens,” Christie railed.
Seitz suggestion was just arrogant and self-serving. Could you ever imagine this happening in the private sector? I’m serious, the public system is so screwed up at every level you’ve got employees suggesting they are just too good for the state of New Jersey and executive leadership calling them out … by name.
In the private sector, you would not have private cabals of school board members ensuring their favorites are guaranteed jobs – with guaranteed pay increases – for the next five years.
Before you lefties point out that I’m a private market guy who believe people should be paid what they are worth with no caps, let me point out to you the pubic education system …. uhhhh … is public, not private.
Would you like to discuss the real solution to this problem or just deal with these education and state/local budget issues on a tactical level.
Think strategic readers … we need to tear down the public education system and get the government completely out of the education business. Although this issue has nothing to do with the federal Department of Education, they certainly are not doing anything to help, but how about we take a step in the right direction and close the federal DOE?