PATERSON, NJ – One of the two people picked for interim promotions at Paterson Public Schools' finance office has declined to take the position.
Linda Herald declined the position of interim budget supervisor, according to deputy superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard.
Meanwhile, Vanden Wyngaard clarified the promotion given to Daisy Ayala. Instead of serving as interim assistant business administrator, as officials previously have said, she will be interim business administrator.
Ayala will be the fourth different person, or team of persons, to oversee the school district’s finance department in the past 14 months.
The previous business administrator, Carol Fredericks, submitted her resignation as business administrator late last month and Barbara Murphy was terminated as assistant business administrator in November. 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.
PatersonPress.com on Wednesday asked the school district whether Ayala would be getting raises as a result of the interim appointments. It also asked when Fredericks formally would leave the payroll. The school district has not yet provided that information. PatersonPress.com has filed an Open Public Records Act request to get it.
Ayala previously was the district’s accounting/finance manager, while Herald will remain as budget coordinator.
But Paterson Schools Commissioner Errol Kerr, chairman of the finance committee, said he was not concerned.
“The heavy-lifting on the budget has already taken place,’’ Kerr said. “I don’t think there will be much of a problem having these interim functionaries there.’’
Kerr said he was not sure about the size of their interim pay increases, but said he believed Ayala would be getting $20,000 or $30,000 extra.
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.