Watson Reappointed Superintendent, Takes 30 Percent Pay Cut
Bruce Watson, superintendent of Fair Lawn Public Schools, will return for the 2012-2013 school year.
Bruce Watson will remain the superintendent of the Fair Lawn School District -- for at least one more year.
On Tuesday, the board of education reappointed Watson, whose previous five-year contract was up at the end of June. He'll make $167,500 next year, which, as of last February, became the state-mandated maximum for a superintendent overseeing a district the size of Fair Lawn.
Watson's new salary represents a 30 percent decrease from the $240,000 he was paid this year.
"Some people will say that I’m still overpaid...some people will say 'too bad for him,' and they feel sorry, and some people just say that it’s in the line of what he should be paid," Watson said. "It’s all opinionated and I don’t really want to debate against the community’s opinions. They’re entitled to their opinions...It is what it is."
Watson said he agreed to stick around at least one more year, but hasn't decided on his future after next year is up.
"I haven’t thought about it. I’ve been too busy trying to close out a school year," he said. "I’ll probably take the summer to think about those things. For now, the commitment is with this board."
Before coming to Fair Lawn -- first as the district's business administrator and later its superintendent, a position he's held for the past 11 years -- Watson spent seven years working in the corporate world doing upper level international software service and sales for both small and mid-cap companies.