MONTVILLE, NJ – Dr. Paul R. Fried, Superintendent of the Montville Township Public Schools officially announced his resignation on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Fried presented a formal letter of resignation, effective June 30, 2015, to Montville Township Board of Education (BOE) President, Dr. Karen Cortellino. He also delivered a signed copy to School Business Administrator, James Tevis.
“It is with sadness that I submit this letter of resignation from the Montville Township Public Schools,” Fried wrote. “The board, staff, students and community are aware of the unfortunate reasons behind my decision.”
According to a letter Fried sent to the community on Monday, Dec. 1, his decision to resign his position as Superintendent of Montville Township Public School’s is a direct result of The New Jersey State Superintendent Salary Cap.
Because of the state imposed salary cap, Fried, who was hired in 2010, would have faced a 30% reduction in salary had he remained in New Jersey beyond the expiration of his contract on June 30 of next year.
“I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve the children of Montville Township,” Fried said.
The New Jersey Superintendent Salary Cap is based on the size of a district as opposed to the experience or effectiveness of a superintendent.
Fried will take a position as Superintendent at the White Plains Public Schools in New York.
“Dr. Fried has done an incredible job for our district,” said Cortellino. “Our schools and our community are enriched by having known and worked with such a talented and thoughtful educator.”
The Montville Township BOE plans to begin the search for a new Superintendent immediately.
“Identifying highly qualified candidates to fill the position of Superintendent for the Montville Township Public Schools is a process,” said Cortellino.
According to Tevis, the first step in the process is for the board to solicit the assistance of firms that specialize in administrative searches for educational institutions.
“We want to hire the best qualified candidate and will consider processes and procedures that will facilitate that goal,” Cortellino said. “We are confident a successful candidate will emerge in the timeframe available.”
The Montville Township BOE plans to fill the superintendent position by July 1, 2015.
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