Hoboken School Board Hires New Business Administrator

The board voted unanimously on Tuesday night.

Hoboken's public school district has a new business administrator, for the second time in three months. 

Carole Fredericks, who was appointed in October, will serve as the superintendent of the Franklin Township school district.

Fredericks, who also served as board secretary in Hoboken for the last three months, split her time as business administrator between Franklin and Hoboken. She received a salary from both. Now, she will be spending all her time as superintendent. 

On Tuesday night, the school board unanimously approved Ronald Smith as the interim business administrator and board secretary. 

Smith formerly served as a school administrator in Secaucus. 

Smith's appointment is contingent on Department of Education approval.

FAP January 24, 2013 at 06:29 AM
This BOE keeps hiring such top flight candidates that other schools are poaching them. I hope the BOE keeps it up.
oldguard January 24, 2013 at 07:54 PM
FAP - or it's more likely that the BOE is so messed up they run out of here. The sign of a healthy environment is not rapid turnover. Kind of like the turnover of Directors at City Hall.
puzzledone January 24, 2013 at 08:29 PM
So here are the two stories, pick one to believe. She had a job as a business administrator for two cities, then one offered her a promotion based on high performance and she took it. She had a job as a business administrator for two cities, then she found out that one was so messed up that she ran away and took a promotion to the full time superintendent of the other. Of course, there's an awful big blank on why they would offer her a job for running away from another district, I don't think you can just knock on a door and ask for that kind of promotion, but I guess if all you want to do is make it look like the administration is failing, job done. Maybe the reason directors keep leaving city hall is they have to keep defending themselves from completely illogical statements and propositions from idiots, kinda like the one you just suggested here.
oldguard January 24, 2013 at 09:25 PM
The truth is that good organizations don't have a lot of turnover. Build whatever scenarios you like. I didn't, I just offered a different POV from FAP. I know that makes a lot of people uncomfortable, but there are rational, reasonable people that don't agree with you. You can also continue to show your true colors but resorting to name calling. Just goes to prove that you are not smart enough to engage in constructive discourse - a trait I find rampant in the supporters of the current administration.
cassandra January 24, 2013 at 09:44 PM
No matter which story is correct, instability is bad for the school system and the city. An indisputable fact is that there has been a very high turnover in high level positions by individuals hired by the city adminstration and its school board allies.
puzzledone January 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM
If people are getting better offers, while I agree that the turnover creates a problem, it shows that we are getting people who others want. Low turnover can be a sure sign that people's outside options are low (voluntary turnover in 2009 was VERY low, but organizations were really suffering), not necessarily that an organization is strong. I've worked for places where people never leave, and it's not because they don't want to, it's because they have no outside option. I've also worked for wonderful organizations who have problems because they train and position people so well, and many people simply take that training and walk out the door. When you are at a top organization, try to stop the recruiters from calling you to draw you away, the competitors know where the good people are. Here, you have a case of someone that you had in a business administrator role being offered a significant step up. I don't see that as a poor reflection on the administration to bring in someone who was clearly qualified, and in fact, overqualified. It would be lovely if we could offer a business administrator a salary commensurate with a superintendent, but that would be a whole different problem.
pdq January 25, 2013 at 04:46 AM
It was a very stable management employment agency when the money was flying out the door. You mean that kind of stability?
recallbethmason January 25, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Personally, I will take the current board of education and kids first over the old guard corruption of the past. There might be hiccups, but truth and ethical standards trump old guard criticism after what has transpired under their tutelage over the last 40 yrs. lets keep in mind, we are where we are currently at because of old guard policies and procedures. It will take more than a few years to fix 40 yrs of corruption and lack of oversight.
Redwing forever January 25, 2013 at 04:48 PM
What a joke Kids First.
MadisonMonroe January 25, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Fap, you evidently missed this story from August. The last business administrator, hired earlier in the year, and his assistant were abruptly terminated. Not poached, fired. http://hoboken.patch.com/articles/hoboken-board-of-ed-business-administrator-assistant-no-longer-employed-by-district
Ojo Rojo January 25, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Better to fire someone when necessary than to hire people who never should have been hired to begin with and keep them on the payroll forever b/c they are related to so and so or have a friend in high places. Don't forget a few of those people have also been let go by the reformer run BOE. Wish the BOE, city hall & HHA would do a bit more house cleaning personally.
CuriousGal January 25, 2013 at 06:38 PM
6 business administrators or assistants in 14 months-- 2 leaving right before the start of this school year for unknown reasons. 5 superintendents or interim superintendents since 2007, 4 high school principals since February of 2010. Again, apologists like recallbethmason now want to make excuses for the dismal handling of the schools by Dawn's Kids First Board by claiming "40 years of abuse"-- ridiculous. Under Kids First 90% of all students are in schools that have failed to meet adequate federal and state standards, the high school went from being recognized by US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT and NJ MONTHLY to being in the lower 10% of high schools in NJ-- articles in national newspapers like the Wall St. Journal paint a picture of any parent capable of not sending their child to the district's school doing so. Enrollment has fallen to the point that hundreds of students from out of town are now being brought in to fill empty classrooms and empty schools. The District under Kids First has been designated officially as a DISTRICT IN NEED OF IMPROVEMENT for the first time in its history, audit violations in legal expenses (3X state avg.). But, rather than take ANY responsibility-- all we see is the typical finger pointing, name calling, accusation making and failure to accept any responsibility for the CURRENT condition of the Hoboken School District after 45 months of Kids First control.
CuriousGal January 25, 2013 at 06:48 PM
recallbethmason tries very hard and to some degree is successful in establishing an ever decreasing level of expectations for Dawn's Kids First Board of Education. Unfortunately, Kids First's ineptitude and demonstrated failure by every conceivable objective measure is challenging even recallbethmason skills of spin, bs, and misdirect at this point. Isn't it recallbethmason?
Journey January 25, 2013 at 07:08 PM
I believe the Hoboken School District is not a good organization. It is an organization in transition, one getting better, but it not done yet. It can't be compared to organization that has been running well for decades, any more than you can compare oranges to chicken.
Journey January 25, 2013 at 07:14 PM
I still believe if the 11th grade tests scores where not being manipulated when those awards were granted, well, without the fake good test results, do you really believe the school would have gotten an award? The 11th grade attendance numbers were far beyond any standard deviation. Give one logical and believable reason for the numbers and I'll consider believe anything you have to say. I've asked for alternate theories for the attendance numbers before. I have yet to be given one. I dare you to give me one.
CuriousGal January 25, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Journey is welcomed to her beliefs. If her beliefs are so strong that something shady or illegal was going on, I suggest she contact current Board member Ro Markle or former Board trustee Ms. Theres Minutillo who were both Board members and responsible for district oversight at the time. Or, she can request the current Board majority to petition the County Superintendent or the State Department of Education to do a complete forensic investigation of the testing that was done in the district at the time of her accusations. Send to: Chris Cerf Commissioner-New Jersey Department of Education 100 River View Plaza P.O. Box 500 Trenton, NJ 08625 Telephone (609) 292-4450 Fax (609) 777-4099 I dare you.
puzzledone January 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Sorry, what in the world does the second paragraph have to do with a change in business administrator. I only ask given that you called out others for trying to get their talking points at pretty much the same time you made this post. Bait & SLAPP, Bait & SLAPP. It's very formulaic once you see it for what it is I think. CuriousGal 2:09 pm on Friday, January 25, 2013 recallbethmason is always trying to get his talking points into a post even if it is only tangentially related to the story. That's a good blogger. And, like many of the best pundits on Fox News do, notice how he uses the strategy of Target, Isolate, Ridicule, and Remove in posting about Councilman Russo. Its all very formulaic once you see it for what it is I think. http://hoboken.patch.com/articles/superintendent-addresses-school-safety#comments_list
pdq January 26, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Yes, because ratings of 98% on governance and finance are definitely decreased levels of expectation(from the 30s and 40s of 2008-2009 administration) and show ineptitude and demonstrated failure in every conceivable measure. Curious Gal your skills of spin, bs and midsirect at this point are showing.
pdq January 26, 2013 at 02:53 PM
According to their letter to the reporter,Mr. Pertroseno (administrative assistant) and Ms. Cella (Principal of the HS during 2 of those years) refer to the anomaly as a "remediation program", that they slowly phased out for the 2009-10 testing year.
HudsonStreet January 26, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Sad that Beth Mason has spent so much money work on her image and still has little choice but to surrounded herself with people like CuriousGal.
CuriousGal January 28, 2013 at 03:43 PM
"Following the initial evaluation, the district developed an improvement plan, which was approved in October 2008. In April 2009 staff from the Hudson County Office of Education conducted a six-month review of the district's progress toward addressing the missed indicators. The six-month review scores for the district were again reported along a continuum in each of the DPR's, specifically: instruction and program (54%), fiscal management (70%), operations (83%), personnel (80%), and governance (66%). Throughout the spring and summer of 2009 work on instruction and program was conducted by the Hoboken Curriculum Committee (district wide tests, alignment with state and national standards, utilization of a nationally recognized curricula framework- "Understanding by Design") as well as the creation of a Curriculum Implementation Plan which led to further improvement of instruction. this resulted in a second interim review placement score for the district as: instruction and program (87%), fiscal management (65%), operations (83%), personnel (80%), and governance (89%)." http://www.hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/9301283/article-Advancing-the-schools?instance=secondary_stories_left_column
pdq January 28, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Using Theresa Burns as your citation-is hilarious. Even funnier is what you left out.... Dear Editor: In April 2008...... At that time, Hoboken was placed on a continuum in each of the following areas or district performance reviews (DPR): instruction and program (34%), fiscal management (41%), operations (83%), personnel (80%), and governance (33%). 80% is considered acceptable. Finally, in April 2010, New Jersey Commissioner of Education Bret Schundler reported the second interim review placement score for the district as: instruction and program (87%), fiscal management (65%), operations (83%), personnel (80%), and governance (89%). Read more: Hudson Reporter - Advancing the schools The 2008 to 2010 QSAC data shows clearly and objectively that the overwhelming majority of the quality improvement in the Hoboken public schools took place under the initiatives begun during the previous district level administration and the previous Board of Education leadership. Let us now all pay close attention to the current district level administration and Board majority leadership as they attempt to maintain and surpass the current QSAC levels of district quality. Nothing less should be expected. Sincerely, Theresa Burns Read more: Hudson Reporter - Advancing the schools
pdq January 28, 2013 at 10:28 PM
School districts are expected to score 80 percent or higher in all fields of evaluation in the Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) district performance review conducted by the Department of Education. The district scored 100 percent in governance and personnel, 95 percent in fiscal management, and 93 percent in operations. However, the district scored only a 69 percent in the instruction and program area of the evaluation.
pdq January 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM
IN 2008 and SPRING Of 2009 UNDER YOUR CHOSEN PERSONS OVERSITE, The district FAILED 3/5 of the DISTRICT PERFORMANCE REVIEWS and literally tripped over the FAILURE BAR for the OTHER 2 PERFORMANCE REVIEWS. 3/5 FAILURE RATE. 80% or higher to pass. specifically: instruction and program (54%), fiscal management (70%), operations (83%), personnel (80%), and governance (66%).


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