Superintendent’s contract on the March 27 BOE agenda

Christopher Lang, Correspondent, @topherlang2, Mar 27, 2018, MonroeNow

The Monroe Board of Education will meet tonight to discuss address several important matters, including the superintendent’s contract.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Monroe Township High School, 200 Schoolhouse Road.

In addition to the superintendent’s contract, which will be discussed in closed session prior to taking any action, the board will also address the 2018-19 budget.

Prior to presenting the budget, the trustees and the district’s business office needed the state to release projected figures about how much education aid they will receive for the next spending plan. For Monroe, the district is projected to receive $3.6 million, a $344,629 increase over the current budget.

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In regards to the superintendent’s contract, initially Michael Kozak, offered his letter of resignation last year, but after public outcry and support for the district’s top administrator, trustees voted 4-3 in February to direct the board secretary to write a letter to Kozak asking him to withdraw his resignation and enter into negotiations for a new deal.

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Kozak, on the advice of his attorney, had a letter ready accepting to start talks for a new contract that he handed to the board secretary. During that February meeting, most of the residents who spoke about the contract expressed their desire to keep Kozak as the superintendent.