UPDATED: Middle super Kopakowski offered job in Pennsylvania

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Michael Kopakowski Michael Kopakowski CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Michael Kopakowski, superintendent of Middle Township public schools, is expected to retire this month, after a school board in Pennsylvania announced that they have voted to hire him to take over schools in Morrisville on July 1.

“I haven’t signed a contract yet, nor have I retired,” Kopakowski said  Monday. “I can’t do that until I have a signed contract.”

Kopakowski confirmed that he has received an offer, but said that the Morrisville schools’ attorney isn’t yet available to discuss the position.

If Kopakowski signs the contract, his last day with the Middle Township school district will be June 30.

On Tuesday, Kopakowski confirmed that the school board had posted his position on the schools’ internal website. “They’ll ask applicants to apply, then a committee of the board will review the applications,” he said.

The superintendent said he didn’t know whether the board has any internal candidates at this time.

Kopakowski has been the superintendent of the Middle Township schools since 2003. Prior to that he held positions as high school principal in Hammonton, then as assistant superintendent and finally superintendent of the Hammonton School District.

Kopakowski started his education career in 1977 as an English teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden.

Kopakowski is currently paid about $180,000, but would take a cut in pay to $135,000 to accept the Morrisville position.

“That’s because I’ll be able to retire from New Jersey and collect my retirement,” he said.

The superintendent said that if he takes the job, he’ll miss Middle Township.

“This is a wonderful place to work,” he said. “We have wonderful students, and the teachers and professionals are top-shelf individuals.”

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