Departing Newark school chief placed on leave, will collect at least $127K

By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on July 10, 2015

Newark School Superintendent Cami Anderson and Gov. Chris Christie talk at the Newark Teacher's Village grand opening ceremony on Halsey Street in Newark, NJ, on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

 

NEWARK — Cami Anderson has worked her last day as Newark's state-appointed superintendent of schools, but she will not be leaving the city empty-handed.

State Department of Education officials confirmed that as of Thursday, Anderson had been placed on paid administrative leave for the next 90 days, over which she will collect approximately $64,000 owed to her as part of her $255,016 annual salary.

The arrangement also allows her to collect another three months salary in severance pay, bringing the total payment up to more than $127,000.

Under the terms of her contract, the severance pay is owed to her if Commissioner of Education David Hespe terminates her employment between July 1 and June 30, 2016, provided Anderson was given at least 90 days notice.

The state may also still award Anderson, who was appointed to the superintendent job in 2011, with a bonus of up to 20 percent of her salary, or around $51,000, based on her work in the 2014-15 school year.

The payment is based on whether or not she reached a number of goals laid out by the state. Earlier this year, officials revealed she was awarded a bonus of about 15 percent for reaching 5 of the 7 criteria for the 2013-14 year.

Department of Education Deputy Press Secretary David Saenz declined to say whether Anderson remains eligible for the payout, instead referring a reporter to a copy of her contract.

He also did not answer questions on whether she will be paid for any vacation days she failed to use. Anderson's contract indicates that she can be paid for up to 44 unused days of vacation upon leaving her position.

She is not eligible to be paid for any unused sick or personal days.

Last week, the Department of Education had declined to answer any questions about potential payouts for the departing school chief, saying it was "premature" to discuss while she remained in the role.

Her contract is set to expire on June 30, 2017.

Officials had previously said that Anderson would remain serving as superintendent until Wednesday, the same day the state Board of Education named former Education Commissioner Chris Cerf as her replacement.

Cerf was offered a three-year contract, though the state has yet to disclose his salary.

He is expected to be Newark's last state-appointed school chief, and will help oversee a transition to turn control of the city's schools back to municipal officials.

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