Superintendent to Earn $177K in Upcoming School Year

The River Edge Board of Education signed off on a new contract for Superintendent Dr. Tova Ben-Dov resulting in a $3,000 raise for the 2012-13 school year.

With unanimous board approval and the approval of County Executive Superintendent Robert Gilmartin, River Edge Superintendent Dr. Tova Ben-Dov's contract with the K-6 district was approved to allow for a $3,000 base salary increase for the coming year.

The raise, which brings her base salary to $177,000, is based on merit and the achievement of her 2011-12 school year goals. Her new salary is above Gov. Christie's Superintendent salary cap due to her hire prior to its effect. The River Edge School district has approximately 1,193 students as of the Oct. 2011 count. Based on the salary cap, a River Edge Superintendent's annual salary would be limited to $145,000 due to enrollment. Ben-Dov's contract is in effect until June 30, 2013 at which point it would be renegotiated to be brought in line with the governor's mandate.

Among Ben-Dov's 2011-12 school year goals was to reach out to the public and establish more involvement from the community. One way she accomplished that was by hosting Superintendent's Coffee dates at both and  schools during the school year as well as a community planning meeting with residents.

Additional goals were to continue to develop curriculum projects and plan instructional strategies and assessments to enhance achievement; build on the tri-district collaboration so that students are better prepared entering ; and ensuring that all students feel free of bullying, safe and confident in their place within their learning environment.

Ben-Dov was hired during the 2010 summer months after former Superintendent Erika Steinbauer retired after 25 years with the district. The former principal at the Maugham Elementary School in Tenafly has spent the past two years in River Edge leading a district that has faced . 

The River Edge Board of Education will next meet on Aug. 8, 7:30pm at Cherry Hill.

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NO TO TAX HIKE July 16, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Hi lucky, Concerning the Board members, aren't they parents of the children going to RE schools? I guess you know what I mean. Is there any mechanism ensuring the independence and professionalism of the Board members? If not, we can't ensure objective assessment of the rate of pay. This is a governance issue, which RE public offices perhaps need sweeping changes. The borough is too small to support the structure that is costly or prone to be very costly. Everybody has got to be serious about cutting down on taxes and budgets.
lucky July 16, 2012 at 06:29 PM
The RD board members of residents of both RE (5) & Oradell (4). Some do have kids in the school system, some don't. They do, however, all take an oath to do what is best for the students in RD and in regards to the matter about forming one district and fairly restructuring the funding formula, they have done nothing. Is it because the majority are residents of RE? Makes me wonder....
John Doe September 27, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Here's an idea. - Change RE grammar schools to K-8 (they have that lovely, expensive land the town purchased next to Cherry Hill so there is the room to do it) close that wasted middle school that one attends for just 2 yrs in turn all those administrators salaries, building costs, etc. will untimately save the resdients a bundle. The outrageous RE taxes can be reduced!!!!!
SMH March 20, 2013 at 06:31 PM
177K for "respect ourselves, respect others and respect this place."
Ray March 20, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Her accomplishments sound like gobbliy gook, or maybe I am wrong.


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