GLEN ROCK - Bruce Watson, former superintendent of schools in Fair Lawn, has "signed-off on the contract" as interim superintendent for the Glen Rock School district, according to a school administrator.
"We are preparing for the transition with a series of working days together prior to my departure from the district for retirement," Superintendent Dr. Paul Valenti said in an email.
Valenti is the current superintendent who is scheduled to retire in July.
Before accepting the position with Glen Rock, Watson worked as superintendent in the Onteora school district in Boiceville, NY, an approximate two-hour commute one-way from his Bergen County home. He resigned from the position just days before learning of the Glen Rock opening.
He signed a contract with the Onteora district in May 2016 for 3 years at an annual salary of $180,000.
The veteran educator and administrator spent 15 years as Fair Lawn's superintendent. Before that he was Fair Lawn's business administrator, a high school teacher and athletics coach.
During his last year in Fair Lawn, Watson earned $167,500 annually. The district services approximately 5,000 students.
The daily stipend for the interim position, according to state mandate, is $605 per day for a district the size of Glen Rock, approximately 2,300 students. Under these rules, if the administrator does not work, he does not receive pay or benefits.
Valenti, who announced her retirement on April 3, began her tenure in Glen Rock in 2013. She previously served as principal of Emerson Jr.-Sr. High School. She was the leading advocate for Glen Rock's half-day Kindergarten to all-day Kindergarten in 2015.
In 2016, Valenti earned $157,500 annually. The district enrollment for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 is 2,300.
State pay caps for superintendents are linked to the pupil enrollment of a school district as follows: 0-250, $125,000; 251 –750, $135,000; 751–1,500, $145,000; 1,501–3,000, $155,000; 3,001–6,500, $165,000; and 6,501–10,000, $175,000.
Superintendents may be eligible for merit pay up to 15 percent of their base pay if specified goals are met annually, as agreed upon between the board and the superintendent.
Valenti oversaw the hiring of a new principal for the Middle School and a vice principal at the High School. She also created the “Super Sessions,” where parents could come to talk to her and raise issues, and she presided over the installation of lights on the high school football field. Just a week ago decided that the high school would pass on an invitation to join the Big North athletic conference and instead remain in its current league, the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference.