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GLOUCESTER CITY N.J. (March 20, 2016)—The Gloucester City Board of Education approved a one-year contract for School District Facilities Director John Kenney in September 2015.

According to the minutes of the September 3, 2015, Executive session, Board vice-president Jackie Borger questioned the benefits package in the contract, such as $156,000 termination pay, up to $37,000 sick pay on retirement, and health benefits for Kenney and his wife paid past retirement to age 67.  Borger asked if any other district employee had benefits similar to what has been given to the  Facilities Director.

Board member William Johnson Jr., who serves on the Negotiations committee, and is the Board’s Finance chairman, told Borger no. He added that the contract may look like a really good deal for the Facilities Director but the one it is replacing was  a “Maserati.”

Kenney was hired in 1998 at a salary of $59,000, according to information received by CNBNews in an OPRA request.  He replaced Ralph Saunders who was making $69,130 when he retired. Saunders was in charge of 26 employees. He was hired in 1975 at a yearly salary $17,600.

Kenney’s annual salary, under his new contract, retroactive to July 1, 2015, is $119,468.

He oversees 29 employees. Included in that number are three custodial supervisors Kevin Biehl (salary $54,252),  Ronald Garrison (salary $72,846) and Chris Kusmanick (salary $66,252). The total salaries of the other 26 employees amount to $806,075. Their salaries range from a low $21,700 to a high of $46,374.

In April 2015 when the public was told the district had a $5 million deficit, Johnson, said he was concerned about future deficits and mentioned the operating costs for the new Middle School.

“We have been told several times by Facilities Director John Kenney to expect it to cost approximately $500,000 annually to maintain it. We have such a large deficit now how will we pay an additional $500,000 in the future? ”

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NOTE: A computer screen shot of Borger’s  September 3, 2015, remarks are below.  Further down are computer screen shots of other topics discussed by the Board at several other 2015 Executive sessions. 

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 From the October 8, 2015, Executive session

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 From the November 4, 2015, Executive session

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From the November 10, 2015, Executive session.

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Copies of the Executive session minutes were supplied by John Schmidt who is the vice-president on the N.J. Foundation for Open Government Board of Directors. Schmidt received the information from and OPRA request.

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