PASSAIC – Outgoing Elizabeth superintendent Pablo Munoz has signed a five-year contract with the Passaic public school district that guarantees him $200,000 per year and includes various performance bonuses, according to a Bergen Record report. Munoz is scheduled to begin working in Passaic on Oct. 23.
Munoz will earn more than the $175,000 Chris Christie receives for being New Jersey’s governor.
The Passaic school board received a waiver to exceed the state Department of Education’s cap that limits superintendent salaries to $175,000 for a district of its size. Munoz earned a base salary of $175,000 from the Elizabeth public school district for the 2012-13 school year, according to state Department of Education documents.
In his seven-year tenure, Munoz presided over the reorganization of Elizabeth High School, carving the largest high school in the state into six smaller schools with specialized curriculum.
He and former school board president Rafael Fajardo were heavily involved in Elizabeth politics. A recent court ruling left the two men responsible for more than $63,000 in legal fees from a lawsuit originally funded by the Elizabeth Board of Education that the board never properly authorized.
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