Gov. Chris Christie yesterday defended the high pay of executives at the Schools Development Authority (SDA) at a time when it has suspended much of it construction. He said the agency is going through a reorganization that would lead to a leaner more efficient outfit.
Nearly 50 out of 308 employees are paid $100,000 or more, with the average salary coming in at $74,000. The list is topped by chief executive officer Marc Larkins, a former assistant federal prosecutor under Christie, at a salary of $195,000.
“I’ve asked Marc to take a look from top to bottom at that place,” he said. “We have to take a look in the end at what are the bottom line numbers in what they are spending in salaries."
“You want to pay well to manage these projects that run in the tens of millions of dollars,” he said. “But also we have to get the overall census, and that is what Marc will do. People shouldn’t prejudge his plan.”A poster at this article for NJ Spotlight puts it very well:
He's already said what he's willing to pay:
You want to pay well to manage these projects that run in the tens of millions of dollars,” he said.
Newark schools: $940,181,924
Jersey City schools: $618,836,174
Camden schools: $337,011,700
Hoboken schools: $57,882,147
Mendham Township schools: $16,356,226
Chester schools: $22,212,631
Parsippany schools: $126,825,843
These "projects" are run every year - and they should be of the highest priority. What is he willing to pay to run these "projects"?
Posted by ACClark on November 4 at 12:17 PM
Gee, you'd think Christie had a problem with people who work in schools or something...Q: How will it work?
A: The salaries will be limited by the size of the district or districts served:
- 1-250 students: $120,000 maximum
- 251-750 students: $135,000
- 751-1,500 students: $150,000
- 1,501-3,000 students: $165,000
- 3,001-10,000 students: $175,000
- Over 10,000 students (16 districts): “Subject to separate rules developed by the Department of Education.”