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School Board Approves Five-Year Superintendent Contract

Dr. Geoffey Zoeller will remain the superintendent of the Westwood Regional School District until 2018.

The Westwood Regional Board of Education unanimously approved a new contract with Superintendent Goeffrey Zoeller during their meeting Thursday.

The contract will extend Zoeller's term as head of the district from July 1, 2013 until July 1, 2018. He will make $157,500 each year with the possibility of making about $23,600 extra in merit bonuses each year if he meets goals set by the board.

Board of Education President Carol Mountain described Zoeller as "a great superintendent."

"I'm extrememly happy to have him coming back," Mountain said.

Zoeller said he was pleased with the approval and he hopes to raise test scores and increase both the number of colleges students are accepted to and the number of scholarships they earn.

"I like it here," Zoeller said. "We're doing good work and I'm very pleased the board wants me to stay."

Zoeller holds a doctorate from Rutgers and was first appointed by the school board in 2006. He made $197,150 in 2009, before the governor's new took effect.

Mountain said she was "sad the board can't compensate him what he deserves."

Zoeller recently presided over .

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Get Up! Stand Up! August 03, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Open Your Eyes! Things are so bad at Westwood that someone had to remove (censor) my comments. The truth will set them free.
James Leggate August 03, 2012 at 02:02 PM
You're free to express opinions about the district/superintendent/whatever, but defamatory comments are not allowed, GUSU. Check out our terms of use if you want more info- http://westwood-hillsdale.patch.com/terms
Get Up! Stand Up! August 04, 2012 at 02:23 PM
If the truth is defamatory, so be it.
resident September 04, 2012 at 09:48 PM
james. you might feel these are defamatory, but if you dig deeper you will find most of it is FACT
Walnut November 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM
News of zoellers use of school generator and vehicle during hurricane sandy recovery has not hit the patch yet. Zoellers explanation for using these items is flimsy. We pay him almost 219000 a year. That is more than enough to buy his own generator and SUV to get him out of Boonton during a storm(his "my compact car" excuse is rediculous). He concedes he's done this in the past as well. The core issue here is that at minimum he has no qualms about stretching the rules to suit himself. Given he has a salary that makes him more than capable of responding to this storm situation out if pocket, and much more easily than the vast majority of township and Westwood families, and he leaves the items at home to go on vacation to Florida, really begs the question of whether he should continue in this job. Not long ago, he gave what I consider to be an inappropriate interview to The Record complaining his salary after the cap was instituted by the governor. Well, after this, he should look for another job. Lastly, in the report in the Record today, Mayor Birkner is quoted as saying he "doesn't have any problem" with Zoellers use of the vehicle and generator. Citizens of Westwood, that quote should be an eye opener for all of you

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