TRENTON – Legislation to set guidelines for school superintendent contracts was approved on Thursday 11-0 by the Assembly Education Committee.
The bill (A-406) would require the Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the New Jersey School Boards Association and the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, to develop a model employment contract for superintendents of schools. Among the items the contract must address is: salary, health insurance, pension benefits, sick days, and vacation leave.
The model contract must provide that salary, benefits, and other compensations do not exceed those of similarly credentialed and experienced superintendents in other districts in the region with similar enrollment, academic achievement levels and challenges, and grade span.
The provisions of the model contract must also ensure compliance with all applicable laws including recent enactments regarding travel restrictions, the nullification of the employment contract in the case of certification revocation, restrictions on the payment of supplemental compensation for accumulated unused sick leave, and restrictions on the use of vacation leave.
Once the model contract is finalized, school districts would be required to use it for the employment of all superintendents of schools. The mandated model employment contract may be altered by the school district and prospective superintendent of schools only with the prior approval of the commissioner.
The provisions of this bill would apply to contracts entered into or renewed on or after the 90th day the legislation is signed into law.
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