Gagliardi’s Package Under Fire
Former Hoboken Schools Superintendent Patrick Gagliardi was given a $600,000 goodbye package so he would walk away in time for David Roberts to pick his successor. The Newark Star Ledger is putting Gagliardi’s package under a microscope in the wake of outrage over another Schools Superintendant who received a $740,000 package. Dunstan McNichol reports state education officials refused to step in when and mediate complaints about the Hoboken buyout even though they are now in court opposing portions of the Keansburg superintendent’s packager:
Patrick Gagliardi stepped down as Hoboken superintendent last June under an agreement that included about $495,000 in payments for unused sick and vacation days and the promise of another $100,000 in post-retirement consulting fees. That’s on top of a standard pension of $128,400 per year that Gagliardi earned after 44 years in Hoboken. Last December, Hoboken’s board of education asked state Education Commissioner Lucille Davy to void the consulting fees portion of the deal. In January, Davy denied their request, saying she had no legal authority to intercede.
Davy’s response to Hoboken’s petition stands in sharp contrast to the state’s reaction last month to word that Keansburg’s longtime superintendent, Barbara Trzeszkowski, was scheduled to collect $740,000 in severance benefits upon her retirement June 30. Trzeszkowski was to receive $184,586 for 235.5 unused sick days and 20 vacation days, plus a $556,290 severance bonus calculated by multiplying her current monthly salary by the number of years she has worked in Keansburg.
Gagliardi’s package was approved by a school board made up almost entirely of supporters of Mayor Roberts, who was feuding with Gagliardi and wanted to make way for his man: Jack Raslowsky. While state Attorney General Anne Milgram ls suing to to void the Keansburg severance bonus (calling it “unreasonable” and “unconscionable”) she has so far been mum on the similar buyout in the school district where her boss Governor Jon Corzine lives.
State lawmakers are drafting a bill to prohibit such severance bonuses in the future.