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Brick Schools Slowly Gain Back Administrators After Cuts

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Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The number of administrators in the Brick school district has experienced peaks and valleys over the last decade, but while the median salary of an administrator has risen, the cost per pupil has remained steady, an analysis of state data shows.

Interim Superintendent Thomas Gialanella told Shorebeat the district will go into the upcoming 2017-18 school year with 38 administrators. While that number is seven more than the lowest point over the last 10 years, it is still less than the 45 that the district employed during the 2009-10 school year, when a state budget crisis led to cuts in state aid and the elimination of numerous supervisory positions.

Meanwhile, over the last 10 years, the role of school administrators has become more rigorous.

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“We’ve had a change in the evaluation system we have with our 800 teachers, and it is much more labor intensive than it used to be,” said Gialanella. “Those administrators are doing a lot more in the evaluation area than was ever done before.”

After the cuts to state aid, numerous positions were eliminated through attrition, and some administrators reverted to classroom teaching positions, said Gialanella.

Positions that were eliminated included the director of guidance, a fourth assistant principal at Brick Memorial High School, a social studies supervisor and assistant principal positions at Warren H. Wolf Elementary School(formerly the Primary Learning Center), Drum Point and Midstreams elementary schools.

According to data from the state Department of Education, in 2007 there were 218 students to each administrator. That number ballooned to 231 in the 2010-11 school year. For the upcoming 2017-18 school year, the ratio is back down to 215 to 1.

Though administrators at one point took a pay freeze, the median salary for a Brick administrator rose from $106,463 in the 2007-08 school year to $133,255 for the 2016-18 school year. Despite the higher salaries, the cuts of some positions have left the per-pupil administrative cost in the district essentially stable.

During the 2012-13 school year, after all of the previous cutbacks had been implemented, Brick spent $1,143 per student on administrator costs. That number only increased by more than $20 during the 2016-17 school year, when it rose to $1,175. But for the upcoming 2017-18 school year, the per-pupil cost will again dip – this time to $1,135 – even less than after the cuts were first implemented.

Gialanella said Brick is on the low side when it comes to administrative positions in New Jersey. Even some of the positions that are now counted as administrative already existed, but the positions were previously not included in the administrators’ union, the way the state calculates its numbers.

 


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  • Chief Wahoo

    $133,000 for baby sitting only 10 months a year… And homeowners still can’t figure out why they can’t afford the property taxes. Wake up !!!!!!

    • Mac

      I’ve got to agree with Chief Wahoo on this one. If you are not teaching a class of students in any and all schools within a district, then you are simply taking up valuable space. A minimum of 80% of the paperwork is totally unnecessary, as it only produces meaningless jobs on both the local and state level.

      When I was still an active part of the workforce, we had our paperwork filled out and completed for the next year and a half. Routine is routine, and no one reads it anyway as long as all the blanks are filled in. And while this practice costs much more money than the multi-millions we spend replacing beach sand, the results are the same. The sand is going to wash away again, thus creating another no return on investment.

  • KaayC

    Districts throughout the state are top heavy with administration and short of working teachers. Too much paperwork and psycho mumbo jumbo on why Johnny won’t read. Get back to basics and make all administrators teach! And make them teach the behaviorally disordered too! Stop making the teachers site fourteen different Core curriculum guidelines on why they are teaching pronouns, Julius Caesar, photosynthesis or equilateral equations. Lesson plans have become pedantic bullshit. Get rid of nepotistic hires like the pat the hiney daughter of this supt.

  • Stephen Brill

    I hope this does not happen but according to NJTV Brick Board of Education could lose $2 million in state aid.

    • KaayC

      Oh gosh, Stephen, did they say why? Is it because it isn’t an Abbott District? Lower enrollments?

    • Mac

      If this does happen, at least we know enough now to make the cuts where they will affect the budget and the operation of the school system the least, and that’s at the top. One administrator is all that is necessary, as everything else is set by state education department policies, and his/her secretary can keep them informed of any changes.