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New Athletic Director Said Position Is 'Very Appealing'

Five-time state championship winner will be paid $128,000. First day is July 1.

Michael Miello was hired as the new interim district athletic director.

The approved Miello’s hiring at a meeting Thursday night.

Miello will oversee the athletic operations at both high schools and the district’s three middle schools. His first day is July 1.

“It is a very appealing position for anyone who loves athletics as much as I do,” said Miello.

The board  in April as part of a reorganizing of the the administrative structure of the district’s athletic, guidance, and special education departments.

Miello, is a well-known coach within the North Jersey football community. He coached at Hackensack High School and Ramapo High School for 28 years before retiring. He won five state sectional championships.

Miello will be an interim director because he is receiving a pension as a retired employee from another school district. He will sign a one-year contract with the district. He will not receive health benefits from Wayne.

Miello will earn more than $128,600. Chris Olsen and Dan Kilday each earned the same amount as athletic directors of and high schools. Olsen and Kilday’s positions in April.

Miello said he has always had a great deal of respect for Wayne’s athletic programs.

“I competed against them for all those years. We had some incredible games against both schools,” Miello said. “Both programs have been extremely well run.”

Miello said the job presents a unique set of challenges.

“Our biggest challenge will be to bring the schools together and maintain the standard of excellence that the district has in its athletic program, but also maintain the identities of both schools,” Miello said.

A site coordinator at each high school will assist Miello. Those coordinators, whether promoted from within or hired as new employees, will not be paid more than a total of $128,600, the same amount Olsen and Kilday were each paid. Those positions have not been created yet.

“The decision was made not to exceed our total administrative cost,” said Gonzalez, and to have a “zero budget increase.”

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Al Scala June 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM
I don"t blame Mike Mielo for finding this position very appealing. I certainly woould as well if I were collecting a 6 figure state teachers pension, social security and now a 128K plus salary to boot.
Nose Wayne June 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I'd be APPEALED to if I was making $128,000!!!!!Sorry I forgot to include pension and social security for back up.
Nose Wayne June 15, 2012 at 12:27 PM
ZERO BUDGET INCREASE!! PLEASE, Do you really think we are that stupid ? Site coodinators will not be paid more than $126,600 together ? Now here comes the SHOCKER, Those positions have not been CREATED yet!!!When will it end ?
Nose Wayne June 15, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Everyone, READ todays headlines and you will see why they had the NON-TELEVISED,NO ROOM MEETING AT NELLIS DRIVE!! Remember in November!!!
Debbie June 15, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I’m a little confused….I’m assuming Kilday and Olsen will still be making the same salary, we hire a District Athletic Director, and we will have site coordinators in each school. How can they say that we will be within budget or saving money? Are there teachers who are retiring this year which will not be replaced so we can accommodate these athletic changes? Someone explain it to me because I’m not getting it.
Douglas E. Schwartz June 15, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Debbie, you have good reason to be confused. It's a joke...
Al Scala June 15, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Debbie......you are absolutely right. Kilday and Olsen will still be making 128k plus next year. They are not rolling their salaries back to whatever step they would be on as a gym teacher/teacher.Something to do with the fact that their positions were eliminated, that they have to continue to pay them their AD salaries. Also, as an aside and an added cost to this whole scenario, the fact that they are not rolling their salaries back, will affect the overall pension costs for both these individuals, going forward for many years. Since pensions are based on the last 3 years average salary, even in Olsens case, this next year making 128k plus will enhance his pension handsomely going forward for many years. If they would have rolled their salaries back, there may have been a chance not to exceed costs they're projecting. Putting in Olsen's and Kilday's increased salary. plus increased pension costs brings this way over the top. They are conveniently not telling you this! So much for TRANSPARENCY.
Fight Now for Wayne Schools June 15, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Guys, this dog has left the Barn! They do whatever they want to get people they dont want out, and people they want in! They dont care what anyone thinks and have said so to many people! Mistake was made last election! And now another one of them is running! Vote smart this November and get active! How stupid do the think we are? This move isnt replacing any salary! Its an add on!
Joe videodummy June 15, 2012 at 02:06 PM
The first rule of the game is to know your in one.
Nose Wayne June 15, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Why does the word HACKENSACK keep coming up ? See our SUPER (See Use Pick Everyone Ray) came from Hackensack. No connection ?
diane June 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
This is ridiculous. We are adding more administrative layers and we expect to get consistency from that process? All we will get is more people to share the blame and one to be the scapegoat. What we need are no-nonsense administrators who will make the tough calls despite whining parents and a Bd of Ed to support them. It really isn't that difficult. Schools and school boards have written policies and hire people to fairly execute the policies. Perhaps - since we are spending thousands a month on a PR firm - we should have them document and communicate the policies to the community. We'll get better run schools, less frivolous lawsuites, and more support.
Tartans June 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM
When Ernie Zuberer was the district athletic director back in the 90's, he didn't need assistants at each high school. Why can't this urban administrator do the job? Oh that's right he's one of Gonzalez's buddies!
Nose Wayne June 16, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Tartans,But he is a CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL BUDDY!!
Pad June 16, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Another double dipper filling his pockets at the Wayne taxpayers expense. This is the same scenario with most of the older Superintendants. With so many people out of work these double dippers don't make the situation any better. Here we have a person collecting a hefty state pension which is funded by the taxpayers and now he is collecting an additional $128,600.00 of Wayne taxpayers money. All in all this person is taking in probably about $200k a year. Gotta hand it to these Bozo's when it comes to fleecing the taxpayers. Another Gonzalez cronie from Hackensack. Lets see who comes in next to feed at the troff?
Nose Wayne June 17, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Pad, The circus is back in town after Wayne Day. Will be featuring new charactors. Ray the Ringmaster will introduce Michael The Liontamer.Should be an interesting act!!
Pad June 17, 2012 at 11:08 AM
The job would be appealing to me also if I was raking in this huge amount of taxpayer money. I guess these individuals can have thier cake and eat it too. Yes you are correct "Same Circus Different Clowns". Wayne taxpayers are getting what they deserve for putting up with this BS. There are a record number of tax appeals this year and I am one of them. The town is trying to settle with me but I am going to tax court on this. Ratable income is down millions this year and when the appeals are over with they will be taking in alot less. They know they are in a crisis situation but they keep spending. They need to make real cuts in administrators, useless programs and outsource more to the private sector. The busing program should be the first to be outsourced. Sell the buses, forget about the new bus yard, maintenance issues, benefits and six figure people running it. It could be done for a lot less money by the private sector.
Al Scala June 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM
I hope that they BOE trustees feel good about themselves. It was under their watch that the Adult School was mismanaged and driven down the tubes. For all of the tax paying residents who took a class or two over the many years the Adult School was in operation, you simply don't count. Your desire to take a class and learn something, is meaningless to the trustees. Does the before and after school program, Summer camps, and Safety Town make money? No, but they are valuable to the community, just like the Adult School is.
Nose Wayne June 17, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Al. Maybe WE should vote to have ALL THE TRUSTEES CANCELLED IN NOVEMBER. We sure can get alot of votes on that line item.
unrealthistown June 17, 2012 at 08:38 PM
they will just cut the school budget some more
Anonymous December 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Mike Miello is the biggest piece of GARBAGE I have ever dealt with. He once told a player of his, when he quit the tam because his friend died, "It should have been you", and another student who served in the military, "It's because of people like you that we're losing the war". That is the Mike Miello Wayne has hired.

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