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$171K Contract Approved for Brick School Business Administrator

James Edwards (File Photo)

James Edwards (File Photo)

The Brick school district’s business administrator has inked a one-year, $171,560 contract to run retroactive from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Edwards, who has worked in the district for six years, is tenured in the position as business administrator and his compensation cannot be reduced under state law. The $171,560 contract is an approximately $2,000 raise from his previous contract. In addition to the salary, Edwards will receive 27 paid vacation days and three personal days, as well as 12 sick days. The Board of Education will pay the premium for his health insurance, the contract says. Edwards’ membership in a number of professional associations and attendance at several conferences will also be covered by the taxpayers.

Responding to a question from school board member John Talty, Superintendent Dr. Walter Uszenski said Edwards is the only district employee who receives 27 vacation days; all others receive less.

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“I can’t recommend this contract as it reads right now,” said Talty, who also took aim at the fact that Edwards will receive mileage reimbursement for in-district travel, another perk not normally available to other employees.

“Fifteen years ago, industry did away with six weeks’ vacation,” said resident Vic Fanelli, addressing the matter. “God bless you, Mr. Edwards, you’re walking on water.”

The board approved the contract, despite Talty’s “no” vote.