N.J. Principal Claims She Is Paid $143,156 A Year To Do Nothing

Paula Santana New Jersey principal

Would you complain if you were paid a six figure salary -- and had virtually no responsibilities? Paula Santana, a New Jersey principal, has filed a complaint with the New Jersey Department of Education, alleging her new position -- "principal on assignment" -- has "absolutely no duties or functions." She is being paid $143,156 a year and calls the job "an insult," according to the report by PatersonPress.com.

Santana, who suffers from a respiratory disorder, claims she was transferred to this do-nothing job last July as a result of a conflict with the state district superintendent. In July 2011, she says a "breathing incident" forced her to leave a meeting with the superintendent and then made it difficult for her to attend subsequent follow-up meetings; soon after she says she was subjected to retaliation and received her first poor evaluation in her 30 years working in Paterson, NJ schools, PatersonPress.com reports.

According to her complaint, she was told that in her new job, she'd be responsible for "compliance reporting," an area she had no training in. Once she began the job, her petition says: "...it became clear that she was simply being 'placed out of the way' as the new position has absolutely no duties or functions."

While Santana's description of her job sounds like a classic "rubber room" job, a do-nothing position given to educators to get them out of the classroom, a local education advocacy group leader told the PatersonPress.com that "some of the principals on assignment are working real hard." At the start of this school year, Paterson Public Schools had eight people in the "principal on assignment" position and they were making a total of about $950,000, the web site reported.

Both Santana and the school district declined to comment on Santana's complaint, saying it remained in litigation, PatersonPress.com said.

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