Paterson school board approves $19,400 bonus payment for superintendent Shafer | Paterson Times

Paterson school board approves $19,400 bonus payment for superintendent Shafer


Superintendent Eileen Shafer is receiving $19,408 for accomplishing some of the goals the school board outlined for her in the 2018-19 school year.

School board members approved the payment on Wednesday night.

Shafer met three of the five goals outlined by the school board. She received $7,758 for increasing the number of students scoring three or above in College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams by 25-percent. She received $5,825 for developing a five-year strategic plan. And another $5,825 for a meeting with business administrator and technology director to devise a plan to maintain the main distribution frame (MDF) at Eastside High School to minimize service interruption in the district.

Shafer failed to meet the goal of increasing standardized English exam scores by 8.5-percent. She also fell short of boosting graduation rate by 2-percent.

Shafer could have earned $34,926 in bonus payments on top of her $233,000 salary if she met all five goals outlined by the board. Her bonus payments are much more generous than her predecessor, Donnie Evans.

Evans received just $10,900 in bonus payments for his last year in the district.

School board members approved the bonus payments without any public discussion at their regular meeting.

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  • peejay1954

    Because we are the schmucks who instead of watching the money our "elected" representatives, we all decided to trust them while we snoozed. It used to be that any government service, at any level- Municipal, County, State and Federal, these employees got paid less than an equivalent private sector job, BUT had tremendous benefits, generous retirement, all the holidays, including obscure ones, tons of sick and vacation days that could be accrued. Now, while we napped, these mutts upped their salaries and decided to give themselves "performance bonuses" !!! WTF !! They are already being paid handsomely

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    the teachers should get performance bonuses for not snapping every time a student is rude , disrespectful, insults their families and they dont snap.

    • HankMorgan

      God help you if you do because PEA/NJEA won’t and your administrator will get a bonus for screwing you.

  • HankMorgan

    She’s really working and sacrificing to make sure the district is fully staffed with aides and teachers. Doin’ a heck of a job, Shafer!

    • bigron

      I can't stop laughing after reading your comment. It's so funny.

      • Paterson Resident

        Paterson Public Schools are short staffed what is that person talking about.

  • HankMorgan

    “The bonus was approved with no input or discussion from the public.” That tells you quite a bit. And for years every time programs, faculty and staff are cut Shafer follows by giving herself or her sycophantic, weasely administers raises. Every time.
    Test scores and student productivity still rank at the very bottom in the state. It’s obvious she’s only in it (and always has been) for the money.
    Yeesh. Despicable, mean and none too bright.

  • Lee E McNulty

    Why should she or ANY administrator receive a bonus for doing their job? Where's the money coming from? She is constantly crying that there's not enough money in the district!