October 11,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Hasbrouck Heights NJ, The Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance in the state’s Department of Education investigated South Bergen Jointure Commission Superintendent Dawn Fidanza after receiving a complaint about her conduct.

Dawn Fidanza of Ridgewood  is one of the highest paid public officials in Bergen County and one of the state’s highest-paid superintendents .

The Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance found that Fidanza transferred her daughter, Julia Fidanza, to another job in the district without the board’s approval in early 2016.

Specifically the state Education Department’s Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance found Fidanza created new job titles and transferred her daughter without board approval. She covered camera lenses so co-workers could not see her daughter’s “comings and goings” and attempted to influence her daughter’s supervisors about her evaluations.

Fidanza submitted her resignation, effective Dec. 31.

finding: https://www.njsbjc.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=838&dataid=1964&FileName=OFAC%20Investigation%20Case%20-%20INV-014-17.%20August%202017.pdf