Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hoboken Board Chooses Sussex Administrator to be New Superintendent; parents meet him today; vote could come as early as tonight

As reported in The Jersey Journal by Katie Colaneri, The Hoboken Board of Education announced yesterday that Mark Toback, of Sussex County, will be the city's new superintendent of schools, assuming the Hudson County executive superintendent signs off on his contract. Meet-and-greet events for parents and community members to meet Toback are being held today at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Hoboken High School cafeteria, 800 Clinton St.

If Toback's contract is approved, the new superintendent could be appointed tonight at a special meeting of the Board of Education. This meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Jersey Journal also reports that Vito Gagliardi, the attorney for the Board of Education, refused to comment on the terms of Toback's contract when he was asked at a recent board meeting if it conformed to Gov. Chris Christie's proposed salary caps. Also, the Interim Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent's contracts will be voted upon for extension. Each can serve in the current capacity until June 30, 2011 in compliance with State pension guidelines. So, it will be interesting to see how long the transition period will last.

Mr. Toback must provide at least 60 days notice to his current employee although they can release him earlier if so desired. According to guidelines released by the state administration, the Hoboken superintendent can have a annual base salary no higher than $155,000 since there are only 2,445 students in the district (including preK students).

Picture: old meets new on Willow Terrace in Hoboken, NJ (November, 2010)