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Murphy signs bill to end school superintendent salary cap

Posted: 3:11 PM, Jul 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-19 15:11:25-04

TRENTON — Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation that ends that ends the cap on school superintendent salaries in New Jersey,

The Democratic governor signed the measure Friday. It bars the state Department of Education from setting maximum salaries for superintendents and sets guidelines for school executive contracts to limit or standardize bonuses, golden parachutes and other fringe benefits.

Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie had implemented a $175,000 cap on superintendents in 2011, citing what he called high salaries and generous perks in superintendent contracts. Several high-profile superintendents soon resigned their posts rather than accept a pay cut.

The cap was raised to $191,584 in 2017, with incentives to earn more if school chiefs stay in the same district.