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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." 
noyb January 24, 2014 at 07:19 AM
Look, I admire the fact that he stayed on for less money but let's not get crazy here. He didn't have much choice. His salary is capped based off of the new laws and the size of the town. What choice did he have? Take the pay cut or hit the unemployment line and collect 600 a week. I've heard the argument that he could have gone and got another job paying more but that would require him to work at a larger district with more problem and more responsibility. The last time I looked there wasn't huge list of $250k a year superintendent jobs posted on monster. I'm happy he's working with the system but it's not like he's broke. The guy will still pull in a $3000 per week paycheck. That's $75 an hour for a 40 hr week. Not too shabby.... For taking a pay cut.
Rob Scott (Editor) January 24, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Pundit, I don't think she was deliberately ignoring the contributions of anyone else—just crediting the person who is responsible for leading those other individuals. I've been doing this job for the better of the last 10 years, and I've learned that that's the danger with being quoted. Everyone wants to overanalyze and parse every last detail of what was said. Complimenting one person doesn't mean she was insulting a whole other group of people. If I had selectively asked her about the contributions the teachers have made, she probably would have had equally nice things to say, and someone might have then said, "Geez, how come she didn't mention the superintendent?"
leigh January 24, 2014 at 09:21 AM
Well said Rob.
John January 24, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Oh boy, what are they building now...I have an idea, how about a moat like the old days when castles were in order...Age means something, new ideas mean something....Oh well..
Boro boy January 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Christie can't even make as much as his wife (who only works part-time!!). She must be overpaid! The governor reported $161,811 in taxable income, nearly identical to the $161,779 he reported in in 2011. Not all of Christie's $175,000 salary shows up on his filing because he deposits some money in a tax-exempt 401(k) retirement account, the governor has said. In 2012, Mary Pat Christie's reported $263,277, including $175,377 from Cantor Fitzgerald where she was a vice president working part time, and $87,900 from Angelo, Gordon & Co., a private equity firm that she moved to in September of last year.
leigh January 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Spin it any way you like..... Christie's net worth is at least 4 million. He receives $75,000 for expenses, plus use of governor's mansion in Princeton and a summer place at Island Beach. I'm not feeling sorry for him..... Corzine didn't take a salary.
that guy January 24, 2014 at 12:16 PM
pundit, Rob was talking about quotations. not a rant about salaries.
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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