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South Brunswick: School District Business Administrator To Resign

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Thaddeus Thompson Credits: South Brunswick School District Photo
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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – School District Business Administrator Thaddeus Thompson informed Interim Superintendent Dr. Gary McCartney that he plans to resign his position as of June 30, officials confirmed Monday.

The Board of Education will likely vote on his resignation at its next meeting.

Thompson could not be reached for comment Monday.

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According to the district, Thompson came to South Brunswick with 12 years of experience with various school organizations.

Prior to coming to South Brunswick Thompson worked in Queen City Academy Charter School for three years as Business Administrator: six years in East Windsor Regional School District as an Assistant Business Administrator and two years as Business Administrator. He also served as Business Administrator in the Lakewood School District before joining South Brunswick on July 1, 2016, the district’s website said.

He replaced Anthony Tonzini, who served for several years in the position.

The district is already advertising the position on job sites and hopes to have it filled when the new school contract year starts July 1.

During his brief tenure in the district, Thompson worked with the board to pass its $143.5 million 2017-18 budget.

Board members unanimously approved the spending plan May 8.

The approved plan carries a 4-cent per $100 of assessed valuation rise in the tax rate amounting to an increase of about $120 per year for the owner of a home assessed at $300,000, officials said.

Board member and Budget Committee Chairman Martin Abschutz said during the May 8 meeting that the increase in the tax levy amounts to 1.34 percent compared to last year.

Thompson is not the only district vacancy that the board will need to immediately deal with.

Assistant Superintendent Joanne Kerekes had her retirement approved at the May 8 meeting, effective June 30.

Kerekes initially resigned last March in the wake of Dr. Jerry Jellig’s embattled administration.

She returned to the district and rescinded her resignation in May once Jellig resigned and the district brought back Dr. Gary McCartney as acting superintendent.

Dr. McCartney is set to leave the district on June 30 and hand the reigns over to new Superintendent Scott Feder, who was hired by the board in March.

Ironically, it was the movement in several key positions at the board offices that led to Jellig’s downfall as five top administration officials resigned in a short period of time.

While the circumstances this time around are different, and more agreeable, the district is now replacing the top three positions, including hiring Feder, for the new school year.

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