Newark school board’s effort to freeze superintendent’s pay faces uphill battle

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for

NEWARK — It was the kind of vote that should have sent ripples through the Newark Public Schools District.

Newark Public Schools Advisory board passed a motion Tuesday evening to freeze payments of Superintendent Cami Anderson’s salary until she attends one of the board’s monthly meetings.

But even though Newark Public Schools Advisory board regained fiscal control earlier this year, the proposed motion faces an uphill battle because it requires state support, experts said.

“No way,” said city historian Clement Price on the prospects on the school district freezing Anderson’s salary.

“I see it as more of a symbolic gesture which in many ways speaks to acrimony that has long marked the relationship between the superintendent and the advisory board.”