William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews
GLOUCESTER CITY,NJ—A new district superintendent was hired by the Gloucester City Board of Education at the June 29 meeting by an unanimous vote. Sean Gorman, former Gloucester High Principal assumed the position on July 1 with a starting salary of $165,000. Over the life of the three year contract Gorman's salary will increase by $10,100 or to $175,100 in 2025, the final year.
A month before naming Gorman school superintendent, the Board, on May 12, 2021, gave him a new $136,827 contract for the position of high school principal for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Previously he was receiving $130,000 for that position according to the data found on NJ Public Employee Salaries website here.
His employment contract for superintendent shall automatically renew for a term of four years expiring July 1, 2029, unless either of the following occurs:
- the Board by contract reappoints the Superintendent for a different term allowable by law; or,
- the Board notifies the Superintendent in writing, 150 calendar days prior to June 30, 2025 that he will not be reappointed at the end of the current term, in which case his employment shall cease upon the expiration of this contract.
Gorman replaced Dr. Dennis Vespe who retired effective June 30, 2021. Vespe was hired in 2017 at a salary of $157,500 annually. When he stepped down his salary had increased to $165,499, or by $7, 999. Source of information NJ Public Employee Salaries website here.
Vespe, at times called himself Mufasa, the fictional character in the Lion King. The young students were called Cubs. When he first arrived the Lion logo was placed on everything the school owned. Staff had to wear school attire. One of his major expenditures during his time at Gloucester City was the construction of a $1.3 million astro-turf time football field an running track. The work was authorized at the height of the pandemic. Vespe, unlike prior city superintendents, rarely talked to the media or answered their questions.
Vespe replaced Joseph Rafferty. who was receiving $172,500 when he retired. Over his time as the superintendent Rafferty's salary went from $146,000 to $172,500 for a $26,500 increase. During his stint as superintendent the school district faced a $5 million deficit.
Gloucester City School enrollment in 2020 was 2,266 students with 444 students enrolled in special education. The 2020-21 Budget totaled $53,506,521 or $6,447,541 more than the previous year's budget of $47,058,980. Dividing the number of students enrolled into the total budget it cost estimated $23,613 to educate a student in the Gloucester City Public School system.
Below are some of the benefits contained in the new superintendent's contract:
Gloucester City School Superintendent Joseph Rafferty Receives $5,602 Raise; Other School Administrators Also Receive Pay Increase