The Glen Rock Board of Education on Monday voted to appoint Raymond Albano as interim superintendent of schools after from the district in March.
Albano will serve from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. He will be paid $605 per day for three or four days each week, Business Administrator Michael Rinderknecht said.
"I've known Ray since I started in this business, and I've found the man to be one of the most ethical, decent human beings I've ever met," Verducci said. The school board voted unanimously in favor of hiring Albano.
Albano is certainly familiar with the title of interim superintendent. Since retiring as the top schools chief of Old Tappan in 1995, he's been an interim superintendent 16 times in Bergen schools. Albano currently serves as the interim superintendent of Hillsdale.
In a statement released Monday night, the Glen Rock Public Schools said Albano's role will be far more than as a "place holder." The district touted his accomplishments during the last twelve years, noting he's been responsible for "QSAC monitoring, implemented a reverse 911 emergency system and installation of a software program that allows parents to track their child’s grades, among others."
Appointing Albano – who has degrees from Seton Hall University and has done post-grad work at Columbia – for the 2012-2013 school year does not impact Glen Rock's long-term outlook in hiring a permanent superintendent, school board president Rona McNabola said.
The board may be interviewing candidates for the permanent position by the summer, she added.
"He's not an interim superintendent," McNabola said. "He's a superintendent for an interim period of time. He only takes jobs with boards that are serious about finding a permanent replacement."
The administrator that does end up taking the position as a permanent replacement may be far less experienced than Verducci, McNabola told Patch after Verducci's initial announcement in March.
Due to Governor Chris Christie's cap on superintendent pay, the district can spend no more than $157,500.
Verducci, whose contract was set to expire in summer of 2014, announced his retirement from the district by citing a desire to spend more time with family. Verducci was making $230,000 and .