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Interim Brick Schools Chief’s Contract Extended to End of 2015

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Richard Caldes (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Richard Caldes (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The contract for interim Brick schools superintendent Richard Caldes has been extended through the remainder of 2015, a move recommended by Todd C. Flora, the interim Ocean County Executive Superintendent.

The Board of Education approved the extension at a special meeting held Monday night.

“We would like to see stability restored in this district,” said Board President Sharon Cantillo. “We were very, very strongly advised that we do this. I really believe, if we waited until June 25 and people voted ‘no,’ we would be scrambling. I believe that the county superintendent gave us good advice.”

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Caldes’ contract had initially been set to expire July 31. The measure Monday night extends it through Dec. 31.

Caldes will earn the equivalent of a $177,468 salary while serving as interim superintendent, just shy of the state-allowed maximum salary of $177,500. He will retain the duties he had in his previous position of Educational Specialist.

Those duties he said are “intertwined” with the superintendent position. Before being named interim superintendent in the wake of the arrest of former superintendent Walter Uszenski, Caldes said he performed many administrative functions including evaluations, interviews with teacher applicants and handling union grievances.

In his revised role: “I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing, which was both” the superintendent and Educational Specialist jobs, Caldes said

Board member Susan Suter abstained from voting in favor of extending Caldes’ contract because she said she had not been given notice that it was to appear on Monday night’s meeting agenda.

“I don’t know what the county superintendent said,” said Suter. “He didn’t say anything to me.”


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  • ThereRnoFiscalConservatives

    How many assistant superintendents does Mr. Caldes have?

    How many are there in the entire town?
    How many are actually needed?
    How many could be cut so our children could actually get bused to school on time?

  • Joseph Reid

    There are no assistant superintendents in brick,, has had none in several years as far as i know.

  • grammy

    Congratulations Dr. Caldes, you have your work cut out for you. Hopefully the board will let you do your job! Thank you Ms Suter for standing up for what is right. Another example of certain board members circumventing the system. Hope we get more members like you in the future!

  • jane

    I thought the Assistant Superintendent position was dissolved and replaced with the “Academic Officer” position, which was given to Dr. Lorraine Morgan in 2013. Since her contract is up as of June 30th, I wonder if that position will be filled or instead changed to something else again.

  • Joseph Woolston Brick

    “We were very, very strongly advised that we do this. I really believe,
    if we waited until June 25 and people voted ‘no,’ we would be
    scrambling….Yep let’s not get those pesky residents of Brick involved, you know the ones that gave us our jobs.

  • Chief Wahoo

    Congratulation$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

    ANARCHO-CAPITALISM