PATERSON, NJ – Paterson Public Schools is giving a $35,324 raise to its new interim business administrator, Daisy Ayala. But that increase still leaves her salary $20,000 lower than what her predecessor made.

District officials declined to provide PatersonPress.com with salary information last week when the changes in the business office were first reported. In response to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request, the district Tuesday morning disclosed that Ayala's new salary would be $140,000 as interim business administrator. Her previous salary, as accounting/finance manager, was $104,676.

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The previous business administrator, Carol Fredericks, made $160,000. She submitted her resignation as business administrator late last month. Officials originally announced that Fredericks would stay on the job for 60 days, but officials said her services were no longer needed now that an interim business administrator had been put in place. District officials have not said how much longer Fredericks would remain on the payroll. PatersonPress.com has filed an OPRA request to get that information.

Another person picked for an interim promotion in Paterson Public Schools' finance office has declined to take the position. Linda Herald declined the position of interim budget supervisor. Officials have not said how much of a raise Herald would have received. Her salary as budget coordinator is $58,309.

Ayala will be the fourth different person, or team of persons, to oversee the school district’s finance department in the past 14 months.

Last January, soon after the district ousted its top finance officials, it retained two interim business administrators who were paid $750 per day for three days of work per week, or more than $50,000 each for the eight months they were under contract.

The district expects to hire a permanent business administrator later this year, officials said.