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Cinnaminson BOE Renews Superintendent Contract

Salvatore Illuzzi, one of the longest-tenured superintendents in Burlington County, took a $60,000 pay cut to stay with the district for the next three years.

Cinnaminson Superintendent Salvatore Illuzzi, one of the longest-tenured superintendents in Burlington County, took a $60,000 pay cut to stay with the district for the next three years. Credit: Rob Scott
Cinnaminson Superintendent Salvatore Illuzzi, one of the longest-tenured superintendents in Burlington County, took a $60,000 pay cut to stay with the district for the next three years. Credit: Rob Scott
When it comes to Superintendent Salvatore Illuzzi, the Cinnaminson Board of Education has never had any doubt.

The board unanimously approved a new three-year contract for Illuzzi Thursday night, mirroring the unanimous support the superintendent received from the board when he was first hired to lead the district 15 years ago. 

Board President Jean Cohen said the strides the district has made over that time are largely attributable to Illuzzi's leadership. His greatest strengths, she said, are his "personal relationships with staff, with the community, with the board ... His people skills."

It was a no-brainer for the board to renew Illuzzi's contract, according to Cohen, though it entailed a pretty significant pay cut for the veteran administrator

Under the terms of the superintendent pay scale imposed by Gov. Christie three years ago—which sets salaries based on the size of a district—Illuzzi will earn $157,500 annually. He had been earning $216,000.

Illuzzi, one of the longest-tenured superintendents in Burlington County, said he agreed to stay to fulfill a promise he made to the board: that he would not leave until its capital projects were complete.

"We are ecstatic Dr. Illuzzi has decided not to retire to stay with us," said Cohen. 

A public hearing was held Thursday night to approve the contract, but there was no public comment. The contract—which runs from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017—was approved 9-0.

As for Illuzzi's future with the district beyond the three-year term of the contract, Cohen said, "It all depends on where the building process is. We hope to keep Dr. Illuzzi as long as that's going on." 
John January 24, 2014 at 02:15 PM
This is good another example of getting off track with what we are talking about, who cares what Christie makes I don't lets stay on track ok, the Super is old and he has to go....
Will Smith January 24, 2014 at 06:25 PM
If your worried about all the taxes you pay supporting the schools, go to the board meetings and get a better understanding of how the budget is set and who is making those decisions. Get involved to change who is voted in if you don't like it, the same with the township committee. Also, look into the Abbott districts and see the where majority of your state funding goes for schools. This is the main reason we pay some of the highest taxes.
John January 24, 2014 at 07:10 PM
Oh boy another change of ideas, we are not talking taxes we are talking about Payroll of a Super....get it....
Will Smith January 24, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Where do you think that payroll comes from, if your worried about payroll and budgets then get involved instead of complaining incessantly on Patch.
John January 25, 2014 at 07:19 PM
Hey Willy I am not the only one complaining about payroll...Read the comments, there are more than one person.

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