SUMMIT, NJ - Current Summit Superintendent of Schools June Chang will receive a starting annual salary of $290,000 when he begins his role as Superintendent for the Rockville Centre School District (RCSD) on July 1. The compensation represents a hefty 24-percent increase compared to the $233,533.60 Chang is currently earning in Summit.

It was announced on January 14 that Chang was "retiring" from his role in Summit, less than 30 days after the Summit Board of Education had announced that it had awarded him a new five-year, $1.2 million contract, a deal which came as a result of a renegotiation process initiated in October 2019 by Chang himself.

At the time Chang's departure was announced, a press announcement from the Summit Public Schools stated that, "Superintendent Chang’s decision is based on his intent to move out of state and pursue opportunities that accommodate the changing needs of his family."

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Then, on February 4, the Rockville Centre School District announced that it had unanimously selected Chang to be its next superintendent but, at that time, the RCSD did not disclose Chang's compensation package.

In a February 26 letter addressed to the Rockville Centre School Community, the Rockville Centre Board of Education stated that, "the Board unanimously approved a five-year contract for Mr. June Chang to serve as the district’s next Superintendent of Schools" while noting that, "The contract between Mr. Chang and the Board of Education was negotiated only after reference and background checks were completed and proved satisfactory. The salary for the position for the 2020-2021 school year is $290,000. There are no built-in salary increases for subsequent years; these are to be determined after each annual evaluation."

The letter adds that, "The contract does not include any type of incentive or merit pay."

Also, while noting that he will finish the public school year in Summit, Chang's "transition to Rockville Centre over the next several months will include a number of ‘meet and greets’ with district staff, parents and community members."

On February 14, Summit Board of Education President Vanessa Primack -- in a letter addressed to "Members of the Summit School Community" -- outlined the current status of finding Chang's replacement, a process that has begun with the hiring of Schaumburg, IL-based search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates and the formation of a search planning committee charged with facilitating and organizing the search. This committee consists of Primack, Board Vice Chair and Education Committee Chair Donna Miller, and Operations Committee Chair Chris Bonner (Policy Committee Chair Michael Colon will serve as an alternate).

In her letter, Primack added that, "We turn our attention now to the search process calendar. We expect our timeline to be finalized within the next week. While we don’t have dates identified yet, I assure you that the first steps in our process will be to collect input from all our stakeholders. Stakeholder input will be solicited through a survey which will be available to the entire community. Focus groups will be conducted with our students, our families, our teachers and staff members, our administrators and the broader community."