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Glen Rock Might Have Permanent Superintendent Selected in January

School board to be given a list of six-to-eight candidates to choose from on Oct. 15.

The tenure of may not last very long – the school board might be selecting its permanent replacement for around January, according to a representative of the firm helping with the search.

A mix of about 20 current superintendents, principals and other "front office personnel" from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York are in the running, said Jan Furman, of Leadership Advantage LLC.

According to Furman, the application deadline for candidates will close Sept. 15 and the school board will then be given a list of six-to-eight candidates that meet their preferred characteristics on Oct. 15.

References will have been checked and applications will be vetted, Furman said. The candidates will be interviewed by the board, with input from the community.

"After our meeting tonight I think it's a realistic expectation there will be an appointment and Glen Rock will have a new superintendent shortly after the first of the year," Furman said.

Rona McNabola, the school board president, said the timeline outlined by Furman may be a little aggressive for the board's liking.

"Although Jan said we could be appointing somebody for January 1st, that's based on her opinion," McNabola said. "We're not 100 percent sure, and we're very fortunate to know that we have Ray Albano here through June 30th should we need him."

 in June after three years in Glen Rock, two years before his contract was to expire. 

Because of the caps the governor levied on superintendent pay, Verducci's permanent successor is likely to have much less experience.

to its new schools chief, about $70,000 less than it paid Verducci in 2011-2012.

Albano, appointed on an interim basis, is paid $605 per day to work three or four days a week. His appointment ends June 30, 2013. 

GlenRock Joe August 29, 2012 at 01:00 PM
$157,500? Who would take the job for that amount? Middle and high school principals in Bergen Co are making more than that now. What caliber of applicant would want to receive less than his/her subordinates? And do we want that person leading this $50m organization?
JAFO August 29, 2012 at 01:49 PM
So, using your logic Joe, no one would apply for the job? I'm sure there are several excellent candidates in the pool of applicants who are excited by the opportunity.
GRHS Mom August 29, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I agree with Joe, the lower salary that is offered for a job, the worse the caliber of candidates will be. Not saying we cannot find a great super, but it's more challenging now as a result of the Salary Cap. That is probably true of any profession. lower salary = lower number and quality of applicants. higher salary = more and better quality of applicants.
USAUSA August 29, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Please the GR BOE wants a pawn just like the acting Superintendent, which is why they are not in a rush. They want complete control so why pick hastily. Some one out of state would gladly take that job so he or she can double dip, collect their pension and a nice salary from GR. The Superintendent should be scaled down to ONE per county anyway no reason we should have one per town it is a waste of money. Plus the BOE in GR seems to be more concerned with spending millions on sports fields and screwing that up and less interest in actual education anyway! They should be ashamed of themselves.
JAFO August 29, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Yes, lower salary = more challenges. But it also opens the door to several potential superstars (i.e. younger and less experienced, but more energy, passion and ideas) that wouldn't have been given the chance under the old system. I'll go on record as saying in 3 years from now, most of GR will agree they got a steal when they hired their new Super.
J.C. Lee August 29, 2012 at 03:12 PM
My guess is that we will get someone who is using the Glen Rock job as a resume builder and will only be with us for a short time. But then again we paid David Verducci a whole lot more and he was not here for very long. Only time will tell if the cap on superintendent pay will benefit our schools or hurt them. It is a gamble and I hope we win.
Rene August 29, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Paid for Dr. Verducci to leave. He is getting over 125 K for NOT WORKING this year. Paying a baby sitter $605 a day to be a stand in Super who knows nothing about the town, and knows he is out in a few months anyway, and pay Mr. Rinderkenect over 200K a year. The athletic director gets paid more than the Police Chief for crying out loud. And we wonder what is wrong with the school system in NJ.
J.C. Lee August 29, 2012 at 08:54 PM
My company which has been hit heavy by the economic downturn hired a new CEO this year at $11.98 millon. Our CFO got a $5 million raise and a $8 million bonus. We are told in the private sector that you get what you pay for and that these are the visionaries who will turn our business around. So I guess if we are all saying that we should run our schools more like the business world then we have to pay top dollar to get the best. The truth is I don't know what the right answer is, but we seem to be going from one extreme to the other. Could it be that the right path is somewhere in the middle?
John Hahn August 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM
J.C. LEE, it is off topic, but is anyone worth $11,980,000 per year? What does their presence do for your company and its stockholders. as the sone goes…Nice work if you can get it.
Marc D August 30, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Michael D Fascitelli Vornado Realty 64.40 million David M Cote Honeywell 55.79 million Stephen J Hemsley UnitedHealth Group 48.83 million Howard D Schultz Starbucks 41.47 million Gregg W Steinhafel Target 28.62 million Randall L Stephenson AT&T 26 million Michael T Duke Wal-Mart Stores 23.15 million The rich get richer and the middle class is being wiped out of existence. CEO’s collect outrageous tax sheltered salaries while laying off employees, the cost of health care insurance is out of control and our elected leaders worry about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. No one wants to deal with the real issues: Wall Street, the banks and corporate greed.
lee resnick September 01, 2012 at 07:05 PM
There's no reason why a town that's 4th in the state can't have a superintendent for the first day of school!
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