MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - After getting a bonus of nearly $23,000 as he left his post last month, South Orange Maplewood Schools Superintendent John Ramos also received $15,000 in unused sick time, according to the district.
The school board last month approved a resolution for Ramos to be paid $22,773.25 in addition to his annual salary of $174,000.
The board approved a similar bonus for Ramos in late 2016 for $23,000. Both bonuses are allowed under Ramos’ contract that indicates he can received up to 14.99% of his salary in a merit pay bonus if he reaches certain goals.
The bonus occurred as Ramos was leaving the district August 31 after serving just two years of a five-year contract. He announced his resignation in May.
In response to a public records request, the district revealed that Ramos also received $15,000 in unused sick time. That brings his total extra income at departure to $37,773.25.
Ramos’ contract indicates he can receive up to $15,000 in unused sick days upon departure, as well as additional time for accrued vacation. He did not receive any unused vacation pay.
Interim Superintendent Thomas Ficarra was appointed in June to serve while a permanent choice is found.
District officials declined to comment on the payment, citing it as a personnel matter.