It only took a week to receive a reply from Montclair BOE regarding the temporary employment arrangement of interim high school principal Judith Weiss, and their search for a new principal. The headline is in the headline: free airfare is not one of Weiss’s perks. Following is the BOE statement:
Dr. Judith Weiss was hired as an Interim Principal at Montclair High School this past summer. Her original contract was to end on December 30. However, in response to her outstanding performance in the first part of the year along with the high marks she received from staff and parents, the Board invited her to stay on in her position until June 2009.
In agreeing to the new extended contract, Dr. Weiss has had to make a number of personal and professional arrangements regarding previous commitments. She will work a reduced schedule for the next several weeks, after which she will return to full-time duty as contracted. This will not in any way impact her ability to fulfill her obligations. As a side note, the district is not reimbursing her for airfare as alleged in several comments on the web.
Dr. Weiss‚Äôs service to the staff and students at Montclair High is highly valued, and the Board is appreciative that she is willing to finish the school year with our students and staff.
Over the next several months, the Board and Superintendent will continue to seek the best possible candidate for the permanent position of Principal, a process that has been ongoing throughout the fall. Qualified candidates are currently being vetted. A panel of community members and district staff will be assembled to assist the interview process.
We asked when Dr. Weiss would be returning to her position full-time, and if any salary adjustments were made for the period she is in Florida. We could not get a definite answer – maybe next week.