School Chief Pay Jeopardizes State Aid, NJ Gov Says

Friday, Feb 18, 2011  |  Updated 8:00 PM EDT
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20070712NKM 14/14 State Attorney General Ann Milgram, listens to U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie as he talks to the media about Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James. James was indicted today on charges that he used city-issued credit cards to spend lavishly on himself and female companions, and on additional charges for fraudulent land deals.Newark, NJ 7/12/07 3:54:34 PM NOAH K. MURRAY/THE STAR-LEDGER

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is threatening to withhold aid to a Morris County school district that insists on paying its superintendent well above a new salary cap.

Christie said Friday that the Parsippany school board is putting state aid at risk by continuing to pay Superintendent LeRoy Seitz above the limit.

The board approved a five-year contract extension for Seitz on Nov. 9 to boost his pay to more $216,000.

Under a new pay scale that took effect this month, superintendents are to earn $125,000 to $175,000, depending on enrollment.

Christie says the board thwarted the new law by approving Seitz's contract extension.

Meanwhile, the county executive superintendent has ordered the board for a second time to rescind the extension.

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