Source: Asbury Park Press -
The Senate Education Committee on Monday unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit payment of bonuses to schools superintendents for keeping special-education students in district programs rather than sending them to out-of-district schools.
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande is the sponsor of the Assembly version, A-3997, approved unanimously by the General Assembly in June.
The bill sponsors cited an article that ran in the Asbury Park Press last month detailing bonuses paid to area superintendents as incentives to keep special-needs students in their own districts.
The Asbury Park Press reported last month that the Freehold Regional High School District paid its superintendent, Charles Sampson, a bonus of $5,910 in the 2011-2012 school year for reducing the number of students sent to out-of-district, special-education programs. The bonus was on top of Sampson’s $177,500 annual salary.
The Asbury Park Press also reported that Middletown Schools Superintendent William George was paid a bonus of $3,080 for the 2012-2013 school year, and another bonus of $899 for the previous school year, for reducing tuition costs for out-of-district placements of special-education youngsters. They were in addition to his $187,500 annual salary.
The bill approved by the education committee would prohibit inclusion of such bonuses in employment contracts for superintendents.
The education committee approved the bill by a vote of 5-0. The full Senate is scheduled to vote on it on Thursday.
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, a Monmouth County Republican, sponsored an identical bill that was passed by the Assembly in June.