School Chief Pay Jeopardizes State Aid, NJ Gov Says

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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