BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Board of Education held a special meeting to appoint Assistant Superintendent Scott McKinney as Interim Superintendent of Schools effective April 13, 2019 through June 30, 2019.
On Friday, April 5, Doug Reinstein, president of the Berkeley Heights Board of Education, had announced that Dr. Richard Noonan, Interim Superintendent of Schools, will resign from his position effective April 12, 2019.
The Berkeley Heights Board of Education will appoint a new permanent Superintendent of Schools at its public meeting on April 25. This individual, who is an external candidate for the position will begin employment as Superintendent in Berkeley Heights on July 1, 2019.
Board Member Bill Cassano recommended changing the wording of the Assistant Superintendent's job description to include a clause that appoints the assistant in the interim role when there is a resignation or departure, until further notice. That would have avoided the need for this special meeting, and the appointment could have been voted on at the next scheduled board meeting.
Reinstein confirmed that the job descriptions of assistant positions such as Superintendent, Principal, Director of Special Education will be amended to include a new clause. He said, "At any time when the lead person -- be it the lead person be a principal, that lead person be a Director of Special Ed -- in this case Superintendent -- we will modify all job descriptions with another clause 'in the event that the position is vacant or position is absent due to illness -- that that person, in this case, the Assistant Superintendent would assume those responsibilities of the Superintendent until further notice'."
He confirmed, "If the job description was clear, we could have done this at the April 25 meeting, but because it wasn't clear, we had to make it official by having this meeting."
Board Member Dr. Gerry Crisonino asked how McKinney's salary would be handled. Reinstein confirmed the Interim Superintendent can not be paid any more than the salary cap for a Superintendent. "The choice was to keep him at current salary or give him the cap rate for Superintendent."
Board Member Denis Smalley asked about McKinney's goals and asked if he accomplished the goals would he be compensated for reaching those goals. McKinney's current contract for Assistant Superintendent is part performance and part meeting performance goals. McKinney confirmed that he has met with Noonan and the goals are set to be completed.
Reinstein said, they will make sure they "don't pile 200 percent work which would not make him successful. -- We have a very experienced team to get through the year end process."