BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Bernards Township School Business Administrator Rod McLaughlin could gain as much as $12,500 in a merit salary bonus for successfully overseeing completion of two district safety goals in 2019-20.

The Board of Education approved the two goals, which could each bring a maximum 3.33 percent bonus on McLaughlin’s $189,000 base salary, at its Sept. 23 meeting.

In October 2018 McLaughlin was granted a $7,994.70 merit bonus for meeting two 2017-18 goals. The amount represented 4.23 percent of his $179,225 base salary for the year.

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Two district safety goals were set. One was to oversee the installation of a building access system using Blue Tooth, a wireless technology for exchanging data over short distances, at two sites: Cedar Hill Elementary and at an additional entrance at Ridge High School. Alarm systems are wired with a central panel that will give alerts to unauthorized access or doors left ajar.

The other goal is to facilitate installation of 3M or similar product’s safety and security window film along the street side of the Ridge High cafeteria. Last year, one goal was to do the same on exterior doors at the main entrance of the high school.

At least 40 percent of the projects’ cost has to be covered by alternative or grant funds to meet the goals.