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With Reshaped Brick BOE, $174K Contract Approved for Business Administrator

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James Edwards (File Photo)
James Edwards (File Photo)

The second time was a charm for James Edwards, the Brick school district’s business administrator.

After the Board of Education rejected a new contract worth $174,991 for Edwards last month in a 3-3 tie, the addition of Dr. Vito Gagliardi to the board provided an extra vote required to have the contract approved Thursday night.

Gagliardi, a former school administrator who also served as state education commissioner, was appointed to the board Aug. 5 by interim county Superintendent Todd C. Flora to fill the unexpired term of John Talty for the remainder of the year. Talty resigned in the spring after undergoing open heart surgery, but shortly after, sought to rescind his resignation. In the same 3-3 tie that blocked the raise for Edwards, Talty was unable to secure enough votes to retake his seat. After several deadlocked votes, the decision on Talty’s replacement went to Flora.

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Board President Sharon Cantillo voted no on the contract and board member Karyn Cusanelli abstained from voting on the matter. Board member Susan Suter, the third member of the board who did not vote in favor of the contract last month, was not present for the meeting Thursday.

With Suter’s absence, the contract would have likely been approved even if Gagliardi had not been appointed to the board, since board members Frank Pannucci, Jr., Michael Conti and John Barton would still have voted to approve it. But Gagliardi’s support meant a 3-3 tie would have been avoided even if Suter had been present and voted against the contract.

The contract presented to the board for approval Thursday was the same one that was rejected last month, said Interim Superintendent Richard Caldes.

“Mr. Edwards felt the contract was fair as it is and did not feel that it should be changed,” said Caldes, who also said he negotiated the contract with Edwards. “He felt that ‘as is’ is the only way we would present it.”

The issue of Gagliardi providing support for the contract drew the ire of one resident, Vic Fanelli, a frequent critic of school board spending. Fanelli took issue with the fact that Gagliardi will serve only temporarily on the board and did not initially express an interest in the seat after Talty resigned, nor is he seeking to maintain the seat in the November election.

“It could be that Mr. Edwards’ contract is approved by the new, acting board member who was put here by the acting county superintendent,” said Fanelli, before the vote was taken.

“I’m not acting, I’m a real board member,” Gagliardi replied. “I’m filling in but I’m not acting.”

The contract provides Edwards, who is tenured in his position as business administrator, a $3,431 raise for the 2015-16 school year. Edwards’ salary for the 2014-15 school year was $171,560. Edwards may be paid an additional $4,250 for waiving his district health, prescription and vision benefits under the contract, which also includes 27 paid vacation days and 12 sick days.


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  • Roger Houston

    using “reshaped” in the header to describe this mess is too kind. One board member was appointed, another was absent & one that showed up abstained! And the fix was in anyways according to the article, he was going to be approved

    • anniesez

      I believe “Vito” fulfilled his role and did what he was hired to do. Nothing more than a rubber stamp for the Republican party. “Vito, you did good my boy”, lol

      • Roger Houston

        at this level, I’m not sure party affiliation matters – a handful of votes either way & someone scores a fat payday & access to our money. They take us all for being stupid or too lazy to pay attention, it’s basically criminal activity

      • BrickJoel

        Oh – and this time, the “public is WATCHING “

      • BrickJoel

        Great – that’s all we need – another “Vito” to veto in town…..!

      • jo jo ormaz

        That’s funny”

      • BillyBrick

        Sangiovanni team at work again. Vote Innarone and Finamore to get Joe’s job back. Vito closes the deal.

  • WilliamFoster8

    If it was already voted on how come the same contract was put up again?? Public leeches stick together http://php.app.com/retireNJ/details.php?recordID=277235

    • corner post

      What will Jim Edward’s pension be at retirement? Sure he will pass Vito at this rate all on the backs of Brick taxpayers.

      • joseph jr

        if everything stays the same, than Edwards could receive approx. $137,000 Pension.Not bad for the job he does???

      • BillyBrick

        What job? He’s never there. You can find him golfing with vendors any day of the week.

      • BrickJoel

        at this rate [ un capped ]- somewhere between $12,000.00 – 16,000.00.00 a Month – W/life time benefit plan – in agreement of the Union – Attorney.. betcha – he won’t retire in Brick!!!

    • BrickJoel

      WoW – $6,000 a month income !!! everyone who lives in Brick earns that – !
      You know, there was a time – if you failed at college [ any college ] trying to become an engineer,finance,accountant,law degree,or as a Dr – you became a teacher earning $24,000.00 a year. the only off set – Benefits? today look at what it has grown into…. a monopoly …. sad.. and there are many good teachers out there..

  • lazereye

    what a great move 1 says no so no one will dislike her and she looks good the other one does not show up and the other that is running for another shot abstained .

    • WilliamFoster8

      @lazereye none of the incumbents r running

    • BillyBrick

      Lazereye, keep your eyes open. When the Sangiovanni team of Iannarone, and Finnamore get in, Sangiovanni will have a nice fat contract again. Don’t be “blind”, Iannarone is there to help the R’s where Frankie boy failed.

      • Stephen Kuber

        never met an Iannarone I didn’t like . )) Hard working family and good folks who grew up in Brick and know the service industry.

      • Herb

        Foreclosure, bankruptcy and numerous public jobs aren’t a good sign, no matter what your last name is. Iannarone is her name by marriage anyway.

      • BrickJoel

        I’m writing them both in – Iannarnoe and Finnamore in,, Just because – they keep getting Blocked”

      • jo jo ormaz

        you can add a few more – “Just because”

      • BrickJoel

        from what we hear- [ is it? Finnamore or Finamore ?] is the one they are blocking, by his own club..?? he apparently tried several times before and they keep blocking him from running for council.. they don’t want him to have the chance to win anything; because he has no one, no connections [ maybe the Gov?], no children,no family [ lost both parents some how as a teenager?killed,accident?] – His X girlfriend past 10years – a DR.at Montclair University….. nothing but his career and him self…? something is driving this guy?

        You can’t control what can’t be controlled. Some how, if this guy wins [ BOE or Councilman ] – someone will feel his wrath somewhere?

      • jo jo ormaz

        maybe we should ask his X,, I’m sure she has a lot to say about him..? a Dr.? most likely one of those 6figured professors.. .. “

      • Herb

        Bankruptcies, foreclosures and political jobs for both Iannarone and Finnamore. If the Rs don’t want them, maybe they had no choice but to take Montenegro’s help. Let’s elect more of these public takers for Brick.

      • BrickJoel

        “Montenegro’s help”- That’s a term that I haven’t read about since college days? Also known as “a man with no island” or woman – in her case.. both solvent-“

      • BrickJoel

        Hey – there’s an idea! She has know something good and bad about him.. “women love to talk…” I’m sure the reporters are already looking into who’s connect with who [past or present].. they’ve been way too quite about this………?

      • BillyBrick

        Joel, you sure know the complete background on this guy, someone you “hardly know”???? As for his wrath, let him take it to bankruptcy court and foreclosure court with Madeline. Fiscally irresponsible people looking for fat payoffs by campaign donations to “become somebody”. Everyone starts somewhere. The public is not stupid. Finamore and Iannarone are a team. The sob story you gave doesn’t get votes in my house.

      • BrickJoel

        as i mentioned before – we had people over that knew this guy, it’s really not much of a background check? just ask someone who knows him..? the more I find out the more I find interesting.> the Repubs have 2 new comers and the Dems are running their own. this should be a good show. we have to remember – the big picture- someone is earning a $174K plus the spouses income which is well over $200K. We’re not making that income, are you? [respectfully] – that’s what worry’s us.. People who make the big incomes making financial decisions for the working class.?

      • Herb

        Elect reports don’t lie Joel. Checks cut to Madeline Iannarone and Finamore from R club. Who is being “blocked”???

      • BrickJoel

        They may be “R’s” – but it looks as they got cast out a long time ago…” That’s what we find interesting…….. even more so with Thulene stepping a side,,, ?

      • Anthony

        Sounds like you are his campaign manager.

      • BrickJoel

        Hell no !! lol wouldn’t want to be anywhere near that …. our neighbors were over last night – they know him.. I’ve seen him around.. Hey we hear Iannarone was out campaigning around the schools this evening…

  • Stephen Kuber

    To be honest I don’t see why anyone deserves this size pay. He’s not honestly working 24 x 7 and has a staff also. There had been many things wrong with the schools when I attended Brick and likely are still today. My parents even had a better education. I’m not saying Brick didn’t have some good teachers, but the dead wood didn’t do anyone any favors. What I learned was how politics work and that as a student I needed to stand up for myself and as a parent. The system is to full of themselves, as is the amount they are paid. Hey after all “We’re OK in Brick”

    • JW

      I agree on some level. Private sector pay has been going down down down for years while pay for the rank and file public servant has been stagnant. When it comes to the C Suite though- public or private- the sky is the bleeding limit. I’m sick of it too. Nobody is working that hard for that kind of money. Not him, nor Sangiovanni or any other of these rich vampires.

  • Glenn

    So exactly what does Mr. Edwards actually do for $3365+/wk or $795+/work day, besides spend our tax dollars?

    • BrickJoel

      “Spend our Taxes – wisely…………………”

  • JJones

    If Edwards is getting that amount what will the Superintendent Get..? There pay is just out of control…Did you see Brick schools ratings …

    • BrickJoel

      you would be better to have yeshivas in Brick – at least they go to school 7 days a week and get a full education with no cost to the town…. Oh, that’s right, they don’t pay taxes – even better?

  • ThereRnoFiscalConservatives

    Meanwhile, the schools are more worried about the football team than kids who can read. At $175k, this guy should justify and account for every hour of every day of work he does.

    • corner post

      He was hired bringing 27 sick days from the job he left. He is out almost 1-2 days per week. I appauld the board members who didn’t vote for his contract. He is on the side of Pannucci, Conti, Barton and Vito Corelone. They all voted to give him more money.

  • Mark Story Jenks

    Gosh, that’s a lot of money. I bet he doesn’t drive a Chevy.

  • BrickJoel

    “$174,991, and a provision for Edwards to receive a payment of $4,250
    from the district in lieu of health care coverage if he chooses to go
    onto his wife’s plan.” Wow – Keep it going a job with No Salary cap – our taxes are sure to climb!

  • Spell Check

    this is a 60-75k job at most !!!!!!! this is why counties, towns, states and finally our government will go bankrupt. Everyone who made a decision to give him this money needs to be fired, this is not how government should be run; 175k, 39 days off! are you serious. what justifies any of this? he holds no value he is just an easily replaceable government worker.

  • Spell Check

    guy works probably 200 days a year at most, (+/-) $850 a day WHY?!?!?!