BoE Meeting 8/5/2008
For those that didn’t get a chance to see it yet, here is the list of salaries at the Hoboken Board of Education. This is from last fiscal year, ending June 30, 2008, and likely doesn’t include overtime.
Maureen Sullivan has provided her perspective of the Hoboken Board of Education meeting that took place on Tuesday, August 5th. (See links to agenda PDF after the break)
Open Checkbook Night at Board of Education meeting
“According to the teachers’ union contract, coordinators get a $5,300 stipend. That is, of course, unless you happen to be the president of the union, then the pay is double. Hoboken Education Association (HEA) President Gary Enrico got his $10,000 job renewed as coordinator of the 16-week “gifted and talented” Saturday U program. He already has an assistant to handle the paperwork, but the best news is that he will no longer be in charge of deciding what the kids will learn: on Tuesday that job has been handed over to Anthony Petrosino, the district’s new curriculum czar. Fewer duties, less responsibility, same outrageously high pay. Pupie Raia abstained, I suppose because the HEA conveniently located its office in Pupie’s building on 7th Street. Fran Rhodes-Kearns also abstained. I’m not sure why.
Matthew Burakowski stepped up from a $30,000-something computer tech job to the newly created position of “Net-Work System Administrator” at a salary of $53,000. An increase, I am told, of $18,000. He is 28. There’s also a chief information officer, David Bailey, who gets about $91,000.
SEE THE REST OF MAUREEN’S LETTER, AND FULL AGENDA AFTER THE JUMP…
(Hoboken BoE, continued…)
John Madigan, currently the “district printer,” is stepping up to “general technician” at a salary of $44,177. It’s a year-round job rather than a 10-month job so he’s getting a $5,000 raise. The printer job was eliminated because some one figured out that the district doesn’t have a print shop. So what will his duties be? Superintendent Jack Raslowsky says he’ll be doing some printing, working with the phones… you know, your basic general technician duties… (411 note: or tasks any 13-year old could do in his sleep)
Joseph Davis was rehired as the “School Safety Officer” at Hoboken H.S. at a salary of $42,703 (for 10 months). So, I asked the superintendent, does he have a law enforcement background? No. Does he have a security-guard background? No. What does he do? He provides security and he proctors, according to Raslowsky. So why does he get paid SO much more than the regular security guards at the schools, who get $10 an hour? Oh, I forgot, it’s Open Checkbook Night. Sorry, my bad.
On to the television studio. Yes, the high school has a television studio and now we’re going to dust off the cobwebs. Yep, it’s time to start hiring. Back in June, the board hired Douglas Macaulay to run the studio at a salary of $77,808. Then, he got a stipend of $7,500 because he’s the “moderator” of the studio (why isn’t he a “coordinator?” good question). Now, this week, it was time to hire an assistant for him. So Stephen Woodworth was given the newly created position of “Assistant to the Television Director.” It’s a part-time job that pays $20/hour up to $28,000 (which works out to about 35 hours a week). The superintendent pointed out that $28,000 is the max, but he hopes Woodworth is so busy that he does use up all the money. Superintendent, why is it that the head of the newly created television studio gets an assistant from day one? Well, we want to make this work and when we hired him we asked him what would it take to make it work and he said, an assistant. (Even Jimmy Farina was shaking his head over this one, and told me he agreed with me, and then voted to hire him. I felt as if for just a moment I had swayed someone over to the dark side of fiscal responsibility. Oh well, perhaps I need an assistant to handle that kind of thing.)
And this, my fellow Hobokenites, is how you get up to $56 million in a district with 2,000 students, or $25,000 per student (including the 300 or so illegal ones from out of town.)
Normally, Hoboken411 posts the basic (and very vague) tentative Board of Education Agenda for each meeting.
I have multiple sources for such information (especially since the Hoboken Board of Education website doesn’t list the agendas or the minutes).
Additionally, the comprehensive “Stated Session” agenda isn’t made available to the public until the very start of the meeting, and ONLY in hard-copy format. You try reading 36 pages while the meeting is taking place. Not much time to challenge what’s on there, right? Such as all the new jobs being created?
Full BOE Agenda
Made available to you, the Hoboken residents and taxpayers, is this weeks Stated Session agenda. You can download a reduced version (with less meaningful parts removed) HERE or get the full 36 page document HERE.
- Why isn’t this document available electronically?
- Why only at the start of the meeting?