The Jersey City Board of Education has voted down a contract renewal for the school district’s business administrator, while approving three percent salary raises for the superintendent and other top staff members.
The board voted to not renew the contract of Business Administrator Regina Robinson for the 2022-2023 fiscal year at their meeting last Thursday. Her contract would have gone from $182,174 to $187,639.
The board voted 0-5-4 to reject her contract renewal, with Board President Gerald Lyon, Vice Presidents Gina Verdibello and Natalia Ioffe, and Trustees Alexander Hamilton and Noemi Velazquez voting no, and Trustees Younass Mohamed Barkouch, Lorenzo Richardson, Lekendrick Shaw and Paula Jones-Watson abstaining.
The salary raises will apply to top school officials such as Acting Superintendent Dr. Norma Fernandez, Assistant Superintendents Ellen Ruane, Gerald Crisonino and Magda Savino.
Dr. Fernandez will see her salary increase from $180,178 to $185,583, Ruane’s salary will go from $187,044 to $192,655, Crisonino’s will go from $165,521 to $170,487, and Savino’s will go from $173,040 to $178,231.
All approved contracts will begin on July 1, excluding General Counsel Robert Pruchnik, whose contract was approved back in February.
They also voted not to renew the contract of Human Resources Assistant Director Sabrina Harold, whose contract would have increased from $110,000 to $114,330, and was voted on 1-5-3, with Jones-Watson voting yes, Lyons, Verdibello, Hamilton, Velazquez and Barkouch voting no, and Ioffe, Shaw, Barkouch and Richardson abstaining.
Dr. Fernandez and Lyons did not respond for comment. Robinson could not be reached for comment.
The school district is currently working to adopt a potential $973 million school budget for the 2022-23 school year, which was initially approved back in April. The final budget must be adopted by May 14.