Regional School Chief’s $15K Bonus Up for Board Vote

Three merit awards worth 10-percent of annual salary in the hands of nine board members Monday night.

Mackey Pendergrast. Patch File Photo
Mackey Pendergrast. Patch File Photo

The West Morris Regional High School Board of Education has three agenda items up for a vote Monday night at its regular meeting, each of which could award Superintendent Mackey Pendergrast $5,197.50.

The three benchmarks, which were set for Pendergrast at the start of the school year, are merit bonuses that will each pay the school chief 3.3-percent of his $155,000 annual salary for a total of $15,592.50.

The first bonus up for approval is the Student Growth Objective; then the Language Arts HSPA Scores for Advanced Level Students; and final another bonus for Junior Class AP Exam Participation/Passing.

Pendergrast, who took on the role in March of 2012, just completed his second full school year as the superintendent. Pendergrast’s first contract in the position was for three years with an annual salary at the state cap of $155,000. In October 2013, the board voted to extend the administrator’s contract by another five years.

That extension didn’t come without debate, however, as residents from the Mendhams and Chesters, along with their representing board members, claimed the new accord was premature and too long. The extension was approved 6-2.

Monday night’s meeting will be held at West Morris Central High School at 7 p.m. in the library. It is open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend. 

C July 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM
"Christie announced salary caps tied to enrollment levels in 2010, saying they would reduce salaries for 360 school executives by $9.8 million and save districts money. He also introduced the performance bonuses in an effort to entice superintendents to try harder to boost student achievement." http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2013/08/despite_superintendent_salary_cap_districts_can_use_state-authorized_merit_bonuses_to_try_and_make_u.html
CC July 14, 2014 at 12:21 PM
CHRIS CHRISTIE CAMP - I FEEL YOU KNEW ALL ALONG HOW THE BOE CAN AVOID THE CAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Perhaps I should know what OPM is (Geoff) but, sorry I do not know what it stands for...please tell us. CHRISTIE NEEDS TO REPLY!
Minuteman Too July 14, 2014 at 07:18 PM
How about Mr. Prendergast "wins" the bonus money...and then donates it to the school libraries....wow...wouldn't that be something..something the "establishment" would never think of...!! Gimme...gimmee....gimmeee....
Roll Back Our Tax July 16, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Now I know where all the "massdebaters" are.


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