PATERSON, NJ - Members of the Paterson Board of Education approved three high level administrative changes, including eliminating one position, at their February 28 meeting.

By a unanimous vote, 7-0, of those present, Board members approved the promotion of Eric Crespo to superintendent of academic services. Joanna Tsimpedes, formerly executive director of curriculum, will fill Crespo's previous role of chief of academics officer. Tsimpedes' previous position has been eliminated.

In congratulating Crespo for taking the new position Superintendent Eileen F. Shafer said that the responsibilities he has taken on, which include updating of curricula, keeping technology on the cutting edge, preparing students to perform better on PARCC assessments, challenging older students with one of only 15 International Baccalaureate diploma programs in the state, as well as one of the few Advanced Placement Capstone programs in the world, and preparing younger students for such opportunities with an aggressive K-5 reading program, "are critical to the district’s success because academic services are precisely what we provide.”

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In the new position, up until recently filled by Susana Peron who also served as deputy superintendent at the same time, Crespo will receive an annual salary of $145,454, an increase of $10,351. Tsimpedes will receive an annual salary, including her longevity compensation, of $135,000 in her new position.

Crespo’s promotion, according to Shafer, makes him a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet, which now has five assistant superintendents and one chief, roles considered equal by the district and the Passaic County Superintendent’s Office because both positions require the same certifications, have the same salary guide, and are required by state statute to have their employment contracts approved by the county superintendent.  

While the Superintendent's Cabinet has swelled to as many as nine in recent years, and stood at eight members under Shafer's predecessor during the 2015-2016 academic year, Crespo's appointment brings the current total to just six, matching the 15 year low.


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