How much do they love Lee Seitz in Parsippany?

We are about to find out.

You see that the governor is threatening to cut state aid to Parsippany if the district persists in trying to pay its superintendent under a contract that exceeds the state’s $175,000 a year cap.

The bottom line here is that the state has the upper hand.  Reasonable people must again ask: Just what are school board members thinking?

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

5 Responses to How much do they love Lee Seitz in Parsippany?

  1. Kevin Nedd says:

    Fred,

    You couldn’t be more wrong on this issue. The governor has already weighed in when he imposed the 2% cap on the amount school districts can increase the tax levy. Why is it necessary for him to micromanage how much BOE’s pay their supers? As long as their salaries fall within the cap along with everything else in the school budget, there is no need to single out these this expense. The governor’s motives are clear. Kudos to the Parsippany BOE for standing their ground.

  2. fsnowflack says:

    I see your point Kevin, but my point was a comment on the wisdom of the school board challenging the governor … It is not a battle the board can win, especially if it puts their state aid at risk.

    • Kevin Nedd says:

      Why shouldn’t the school board challenge the Governor if his policy is wrong? In addition, the Governor’s policy was not in effect when the BOE took this action. There is a strong possibility the Governor’s threat to withhold funding would not survive a legal challenge.

  3. Sharon M says:

    The governor has to weigh in, because the BOEs have done a crummy job. A 2% cap, according to Slick Seitz, means that we start cutting art, music and sports and contemplate paying $7,000 for Kindergarten admission (if it comes down to it, my husband and I will either move or put our kids in private school when the time comes – we give enough money to the Town that gets mis-managed). Instead of looking at administrator salaries, teachers raises, and chipping in for healthcare, we lake away from the kids. Teachers earn good salaries – no one can argue that they work a full year (fingers in ears – tired of that line!), so thinking that they should also get free healthcare is insane. Everyone else in the real world pays a share of their healthcare. In the real world, most of us who are lucky enough to have jobs have had to forego raises in these lean times. And, to say these teachers & admins will go somewhere else – where? Other towns are looking at the same things & slowly we’re all coming to the same conclusions.

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