Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The list of six-figure-earning retirees was compiled by New Jersey Watchdog using state Treasury information.
A new name has been added to the list of former Moorestown Public School administrators collecting six-figure pensions, according to one watchdog group. According to the aptly named New Jersey Watchdog website, former superintendent John Bach, who left the district last year, earned $124,620 in pension benefits in 2012. Bach joins fellow former superintendent Vito Germinario, who earned $111,449, and former business administrator Robert J. Oldt, who pulled down $109,474, in what the watchdog group has dubbed the $100K Club. New Jersey Watchdog constructed the list of six-figure retirees—all 1,474 of them, an increase of nearly 50 percent in two years, according to the group—from a state Treasury database. The list is topped by former …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Board Member Linda Alexandroff, whose term was one of three up this year, turned in her resignation last week.
Moorestown is tied for the largest school board race in Burlington County this year, with eight candidates vying for three open seats. The county released the official list of candidates yesterday, following the verification of petitions. Moorestown and Hainesport Township each have eight candidates vying for three seats, with Hainesport also having one additional candidate running uncontested for a one-year term. Mike Yaple, a spokesman for the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), said on average, there are three candidates for every two open seats (or 1.5 candidates per one seat) in school board elections going back 10 to 20 years. The impact of switching school board elections to the fall—a switch 86 percent of elected school …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Moorestown Superintendent John Bach's colleagues offer praise as he prepares to end his five-year tenure.
When John Bach took over as superintendent for Moorestown School District in 2007, it was agreed there would be a “honeymoon” phase, as School Board President Don Mishler put it, while Bach got the district back on track. Bach came in after a relatively quick succession of superintendents, starting with longtime superintendent Vito Germinario—“a lifelong educator,” Mishler said—who was with the district for many years. Germinario was replaced by Paul Kadri. Kadri approached the job from a business background, and less of an education background, Mishler said. “His tenure was unsettling.” Kadri resigned in 2006 and was replaced by interim superintendent Timothy Brennan, whose job was, in a sense, to mind the store while the district …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Paul Kadri, former Moorestown superintendent, is being investigated by Connecticut's Groton School District for his interactions with district employees.
Former Moorestown School District superintendent Paul Kadri was placed on administrative leave by the Groton (Connecticut) School Board last month—where he has served as superintendent since 2008—pending an investigation into his “interactions with and treatment of district employees.” The action also bars Kadri from having contact with any school employee, board member or even stepping on school property. Kadri served as Moorestown’s superintendent for several years before resigning in 2006. He served as the Neshaminy (PA) School District superintendent until 2008, when he took over as Groton’s superintendent. During his Moorestown tenure, Kadri took a very business-like approach to running the district, according to school board …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
"An educator first and foremost" replaces "a consummate professional, a leader at all levels."
The Moorestown Board of Education officially welcomed soon-to-be new Superintendent Brian Betze to the fold Tuesday, while members of the district community offered words of praise for outgoing Superintendent John Bach. The board formally voted to hire Betze—currently the Berlin Township School District superintendent—Tuesday, though he’d been offered, and accepted, the job last month. Board President Don Mishler said Betze’s contract is for five years at $165,000/year—just below the state-imposed cap. Speaking before the board and the audience, Betze said, “I look forward to working with the staff and teachers and parents in continuing the tradition of excellence here in Moorestown.” While he doesn’t officially start until the first week …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Berlin Township Superintendent Brian Betze accepted the BOE's offer Tuesday night.
After two exhaustive searches, the Moorestown School District has selected a new superintendent. The board of education offered the job Tuesday night to Berlin Township School District Superintendent Brian Betze, who subsequently accepted the offer. Board President Don Mishler said the hire is still somewhat unofficial until the board formally approves it at their May meeting. Betze himself broke the news in a letter to the Berlin School District community Tuesday, in which he wrote, “A once in a lifetime chance unexpectedly fell in my lap and is a professional opportunity I could not pass up.” Reached for comment Thursday, Betze described Moorestown as a “very prestigious, well-respected” district, and sounded excited at the prospect of …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Moorestown Board of Education had to restart its search for a superintendent after their first candidate dropped out.
Members of the Moorestown Board of Education spent several hours behind closed doors Wednesday night interviewing new candidates for superintendent. The board had to hit the reset button on its search for a new superintendent after the candidate they had honed in on withdrew his name from consideration, according to Board President Don Mishler, who declined to explain why the candidate dropped out. That left the board with three options: start the search process over, find an interim superintendent, or a combination of the two. Mishler said the board interviewed three candidates Wednesday for a permanent position as superintendent. He wouldn’t say whether the candidates were in-house or otherwise, but said, “We haven’t interviewed any of …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The district's fiscal future is looking brighter, according to Superintendent John Bach.
- Rob Scott
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Superintendent John Bach hopes the budget adopted by the school board Tuesday night is a sign of things to come. After two years in a row of deep budget cuts, the 2012-13 budget passed unanimously by the board is tax increase-free and, aside from the elimination of three full-time positions, free of cuts as well. “This budget is the budget promised two years ago when our travails began,” said Bach, alluding to steep state aid cuts made by the Christie administration in 2010-11. “This year, with the restoration of some of our state aid, we’re at equilibrium.” Moorestown will receive nearly $3 million in state aid this year, a $254,250 increase from last year, making it one of only 48 districts to receive an increase. That’s still down from …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Moorestown Board of Education is still mulling its options after a failed superintendent search, though an interim administrator seems likely.
While the board of education weighs its next steps after a failed superintendent search, members of the Moorestown Education Association (MEA) are baffled the job hasn’t been offered to assistant superintendent Kate Reilly. MEA President Lisa Trapani asked the board Tuesday night whether it had re-advertised for a superintendent. Board President Don Mishler said they had not, nor had they decided whether to restart the search or find an interim superintendent. Mishler did say however that it’s “really late in the process for hiring a permanent superintendent … Conducting a traditional search now would be unlikely very fruitful.” Superintendent John Bach will end his five-year tenure at the end of the 2012 school year. When asked by Trapani…
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The district and search firm West Hudson Associates will solicit input from the community through surveys and a public forum next month.
- Rob Scott
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Residents of the Moorestown School District who want to contribute their two cents to the district’s search for a new superintendent will be given two ways to do it. On Friday, a survey—developed by search firm West Hudson Associates with input from the school board—will be put up on the district’s website and will also be available in email and hard-copy form at the administration building. Superintendent search committee chair Matt Simeone said the comprehensive survey will include a combination of “preference questions and open-ended questions.” West Hudson will also host a two-hour public forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at William Allen Middle School as a further means to solicit opinions from the community to aid in the search. “We’re…