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Former Galloway Township School District Official Collects $100K Pension

Douglas Goff makes $103,953 annually.

Former Galloway Township School District official Douglas Groff is among school district and government officials in New Jersey who receive pensions of over $100,000 annually, according to a New Jersey Watchdog report.

Groff’s pension is worth $103,953 annually and $8,663 a month.

New Jersey’s so-called '$100K Club' of retired public officials has ballooned by 75 percent in the last three years, the group said this week following its conducting of an analysis of state treasury data.

The report comes as state pension funds face a $47 billion shortfall, according to the treasury’s estimate. Gov. Chris Christie is expected to address pension issues in his budget address today.

"We need to have the conversation now about further changes to our pension system and to adding further to the state’s debt load,” said Christie in his State of the State address last month. “If we do not choose to reduce our soaring pension and debt service costs, we will miss the opportunity to improve the lives of every New Jersey citizen, not just a select few."

galloway7757 February 24, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Extremely sickening. My guess is that once Giaquinto retires, she will make double...
tintonfallsretiree February 24, 2014 at 07:03 PM
Can anyone remind me what this person did for the public schools? The only thing I recall when I lived in Galloway was him taking extreme pride in raising the school tax rate every year.
Galloway Guy February 25, 2014 at 08:22 AM
So what! What is the purpose of the editor publishing this? It's their pension that they paid into. It's entitlement. Myself and so many others are SO tired of the bashing and the same ignorant people posting how horrible this town is, if it's that bad why don't you leave? It's always greener on the other side.
L.ofgalloway February 25, 2014 at 09:38 AM
I seriously doubt people would feel so irate about this story if the schools were turning out well educated and prepared students. The taxes in Linwood are insane, but then the school system is of course worth the expense. Not too many flattering comments are extended to Absagami these days. Yes, he did pay into his pension fund, but so did the State of New Jersey. I'm not a big fan of Christie but some of his proposals on schools such as rewarding staff/faculty for maintaining high marks might have served the tax payers better in the long run. So when people ask 'what did he do?' we instead could be saying 'he really made some worthwhile improvements for the district'
galloway7757 February 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM
The teachers and administrators paid into their pensions 6%. The other 94% came from the taxpayers. You are the one that is ignorant as you don't mention the taxpayers. I myself have a pension from being an NJ State Trooper for 27 years. It made me sick to my stomach knowing that I had people that I never met footing the bill for me. For your information, I have tried selling my house. But no one wants to buy it because of the low quality schools, police department, and municipal services in Galloway. I am so tired of those who stand up for those who do nothing but eat up taxpayer money.
galloway7757 February 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Also, maybe this was posted as Christie is delivering his budget address today where he will likely discuss pension reform. I'm sorry that you did not take notice of that.
Diogenes February 26, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Mr. Groff served for many years as teacher, principal, superintendent in several districts and was also Deputy Commissioner of Education for the State of New Jersey. He had ultimate responsibility for administering multi-million dollar budgets, was responsible for hundreds of professionals under his supervision, and for the educational attainment of students under in his districts and in the state. He paid into the pension system every paycheck during all of the decades that he was employed. He is an extremely competent and knowledgeable professional. He deserves every dollar of his pension. The pension paid to retired public employees is a part of their compensation, which they paid into all of their working years. However, for most of the past 20 years, NJ governors and legislators diverted the state's required contribution from the pension fund so they could spend their money on their pet projects. Now that their irresponsibility has caused a crisis, politicians such as Christie villify the retirees, to justify their claim that the crisis is the retirees' fault. galloway 7757, since pension information has been put on line, please reveal yourself so that we may look up what your pension is, and then we can whine and complain about you. Most of your posts are so negative and whiney, I hope that someone buys your house soon, so that you can take your bad attitude elsewhere.
Diogenes February 26, 2014 at 02:31 PM
ktintonfallsretiree, the fact that you only remember the taxes you paid, and cannot recall anything else about Mr. Groff's work in Galloway, shows the very narrow one-dimensional interest you had in the school district.
Diogenes February 26, 2014 at 02:37 PM
What's with Patch now? Has it become the National Enquirer of the internet, with links to news(?) stories about a couple having sex in a cab during a wile ride in Illinois, and another story about two men trying to have sex with a cow? Really? We need to know this?
galloway7757 February 27, 2014 at 01:27 AM
Yes we do need to know it diogenes. You are a supporter of one of the poorest performing districts (by public perception) in the State of New Jersey. Your public education shows how little you learned. You don't even know the difference between a private and charter school for example. My pension was something that I take ill heart in. The taxpayers earned it for me, not myself. The same goes for Mr. Groff. Public employees only pay into 6% (the average of all pension funds) of their salaries a year, the taxpayers pay the remaining 94% every year. That is not earning your pension, that is the taxpayers earning it for you. Others like Mr. Groff take extreme pride in this. It is called greed. I am sorry that you don't know the definition of greed from all of your years of public schooling. If you know someone who wants to live in Galloway, please refer them to my house. I highly doubt that you will find anyone. I also can't stand how you think you know about journalism. You always complain (or to use your self created word "whiney") about the content on this website. If you don't like what this website covers, go to another website. This isn't tabloid like whatsoever. Oh wait, you don't know the definition of that either, I forgot...
Seriously? February 27, 2014 at 10:23 AM
I like how you say "(by public perception)" in the parenthesis, galloway7757! Why did you do that? Oh is it because the test scores and the number of 'Gami students going on to top notch schools show that Galloway is not one of the poorest performing districts? If you want to sell you house - perhaps you might stop being so negative about everything in the township -you just might be scaring away potential buyers!
galloway7757 February 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM
We are discussing the Galloway Township Public Schools. Not GEHRHSD. Sorry that you don't know the difference between the two. But since you chose to twist it around, lets see how many students get into ivy league schools at Saint Augustine Prep compared to at Absegami, for example? How much money in scholarships do private school students get in scholarships compared to Absegami? What are the average SAT scores? Look that up and let me know. If you knew how selling a house works, you should know that I am not present when potential sellers view my house. The feedback that my realtor receives is that the buyers do not like the taxes for no services, don't like the crime levels, and do not like the schools. Would you like to contact her? Meanwhile, I referred to public perception due to making national headlines for two graduations held in dangerous weather, a kid being assaulted by other students with a broom in a gym locker room, and a cop caught having sex with a female student. All have occurred since 2000. Those incidents have brought nothing but shame to this town. But it's nice to see that you find that to be acceptable behavior and feel that it's okay. That says a lot about your morals as a person.
Seriously? February 27, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Yes I know there are two districts in Galloway - one for the elementary and middle schools and one for the high schools. NJ does run testing (alot of it) in elementary and middle schools and those results have been very solid. My point regading the 'Gami kids getting into the Ivy leagues is that the opportunity is there for the students to achieve. The GEM programs, the Consortium program for the younger set - the honors and AP classes for the high schoolers - are excellent programs. And you don't have to shell out for an expensive, boys-only Catholic high school. The Prep has had it own problems - any place where you have thousands of people - there will be problems. Neither at the Prep nor at Absegami are there rampant on-going issues.
galloway7757 February 27, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Yes the prep does cost thousands of dollars. however, it is still far cheaper for the per pupil spending in both the GTPS and GEHRHSD. The results for all private schools are out there. They are far superior than public schools. My oldest son is now in college and most of his English and history professors have told him that they can easily tell the difference between a private or publicly educated student and that the grades in those classes reflect it.
Seriously? February 27, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Far cheaper? Prep is $15,600, plus a mandatory iPad, plus $1400 transportation - out of reach for most families and, of course, girls! Avg cost per high school student in our district is about $19,100 Of course the results are going to be higher at the Prep-you have to test and be accepted there, you have no special ed kids, no ESL kids etc. I am just saying - don't knock the school systems in Galloway- the kids can do great things and go on to great colleges and universities.
galloway7757 February 27, 2014 at 05:58 PM
$17,500 is less than $19,000 dollars. Anyone with a private education would have known that. It is affordable for any family who wants their kid to do better. Thank you for admitting that public schools do far less with more money.
Seriously? February 28, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Wow - not only did you miss the whole premise of the previous post but you also insulted the majority of hard-working families in our area. Well done.
galloway7757 February 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM
You insult me with your lack of knowledge, ignorance, and manipulation of my statements. That is what a public education does for you...
tintonfallsretiree March 01, 2014 at 04:16 PM
All private schools offer financial aid to families in need. I was laid off from my job when both of my kids were in private high school. They did an excellent job in accommodating me and letting my kids stay in school. Private schools are affordable for anyone, regardless of income. That is what galloway7757 was saying. It is whether or not you want to kid to do better.
Diogenes March 04, 2014 at 09:38 AM
I was away from the computer for a few days, and I see that Galloway 7757 must be completely worn out from jumping to conclusions in his Feb. 27 post. First, he makes a statement about my "public school education". The fact is, I attended public schools a total of six weeks in Kindergarten. The rest of my years of education were in parochial schools. His second jump to aconclusion is making the statemet that I do not know the difference between public and charter schools. Did he receive some type of divine revelation concerning the state of knowledge in my brain? Apparently, galloway 7757 seems to believe (since I don't know him, I can't state for certain) that if he writes something on this blog, it must be true. What a sorry state of affairs!
galloway7757 March 04, 2014 at 10:52 AM
You admitted in a post last year that you didn't know what the difference between a private and charter school was. Go back and look at your comments. Secondly, I do not believe whatsoever that you attended a private school. You write like you are a publicly educated student (which is very easy to determine). You also use the same phrases repeatedly (which is taught in the public schools). I really truly suggest that you speak like a normal person. Your username and your use of words such as "divine" and "worn out from jumping to conclusions" make you seem like a fool. Everyone including myself just rolls their eyes at your comments. For the matter of fact, I am not jumping to conclusions, I am jumping to the facts.
tintonfallsretiree March 04, 2014 at 01:48 PM
The only person who "must be must be completely worn out from jumping to conclusions" is diogenes. He took four days to respond to come up with lies to bolster his weak argument.
Diogenes March 06, 2014 at 10:05 AM
tintonfallsretiree: My goodness! I am castigated for not responding for a few days? Perhaps it is because I there is more to my life than spending all of my waking hours trolling on the internet. Sorry. BTW, your post will be another example that will be included in the playbook titled "How to Make Completely Inaccurate Statements Withour Having Any Facts" Look for it in a bookstore near you.
Diogenes March 06, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Galloway7757: Wonderful that you have perfected the art of personal attack as a method of argument. I wonder why no one has ever thought of that before. Well, sorry, I have to leave Troll World now for a few months. I just like to check in every now and then to see how the invincibly ignorant are doing. Oh, have I offended you? Not sorry!
galloway7757 March 06, 2014 at 02:36 PM
No one has ever thought of it (or never will) because they know who I am as a person and at the same time know how much you continuously use lies in your comments. You are not offending me, you just are making a fool out of yourself. Speaking of a bookstore, buy yourself a dictionary and look up troll. You use that against anyone who dares to disagree with you. You are only leaving "the troll world" that you created as you recognized that you have lost your argument (as usual). You also spelled without "withour" and did not proofread your comment, a sign of someone who went to public school all of their life.


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