State officials and a northern New Jersey school district remain at odds over how the district should recover almost $38,000 in alleged salary overpayments made to its superintendent.

Executive County Superintendent Kathleen Serafino has given the Parsippany-Troy Hills school district until Tuesday to develop a plan for collecting the money.

State officials contend the district paid Lee Seitz more money than allowed under a state salary cap, saying district leaders signed a contract that had not received proper authorization from the state.

Citing correspondence it obtained on the matter, the Daily Record of Parsippany reports that Serafino has recommended the district deduct money from Seitz's paycheck. But district officials claim doing that would be illegal and that withholding pay would constitute a "disorderly person's offense."

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