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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 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, 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.

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Chris Antonelli June 28, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Oops, sorry. Wrong info. Long days. Rosenberg and Frenkel are currently employed by districts in Bergen County. Really? Wallace is a retired teacher. Really? And, if you look closely, some have close relatives employed by districts as well. Really? You don't see a conflict of interest? So.... Really?
BellairBerdan June 28, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Chris, I'm curious. Why do you find this a conflict of interest but not that our mayor and deputy mayor work for the county?
Chris Antonelli June 28, 2012 at 02:06 PM
M. Rano, I work in the private sector. My pay is not off the backs of the taxpayers.
David Fidler June 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Wow, seems the further to the right you are, the less you've been able to show value to your employer and be compensated for it... I guarantee there are plenty of jobs out there where you aren't taking huge pay cuts and I guarantee that our Superintendent could find one due to his experience. For a bunch of people screaming free market you seem to have NO CLUE how markets function... And @Chris- these people are ELECTED, if you think they're tainted then ELECT other people.
Billy Mays June 30, 2012 at 07:05 PM
BellairBerdan shooting the mouth off again before the brain is engaged. Give me a break.

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