Salary. Beginning July 1, 2007, the District shall provide the Superintendent with an annual salary in the sum of ONE HUNDRED FIFTEEN THOUSAND AND NO/IOO DOLLARS ($115,000.00). This annual salary shall be paid to the Superintendent in installments consistent with the Board\'s policies.
He also can get salary adjustments, which presumably would also be listed as public record, gets reimbursed for out of pocket travel expenses,
p.3. Money to travel around between schools
In-District Travel Expenses. The District shall provide the Superintendent with local travel allowance in the sum of TWO HUNDRED AND NOll 00 DOLLARS ($200.00) per month. Such local travel allowance is intended to
compensate the Superintendent for expenses for travel to all destinations in the District related to the continuing performance of the Superintendent\'s duties under this Agreement.
Insurance. The District shall pay the premiums for the participation of the Superintendent and his family in the TRS-ActiveCare plan 2 health insurance plan.
Interesting on p 3 that the Superintendent could take up consulting work with the permission of the school board. How would that be determined? Could, for example, a superintendent consult for a computer company on the side?
p 4. Cell phone and internet expenses paid for up to $100 per month.
Consultin2 W~rk. The Superintendent may, with prior written consent of the Board, undertake consulting work, speaking engagements, writing, lecturing, and other professional duties and obligations that do not conflict or interfere with the Superintendent's professional services to the District or result in any financial cost to the District.
I don't know that he *is* doing any side work, seems to me that if he has to get permission from the Board, it would have to be written permission and some kind of determination would have had to be made, first, that whatever he was going to do didn't create a conflict of interest, etc. It would be interesting to find out if he has made such an arrangement.
I guess I'm having a hard time fully comprehending exactly what you guys find objectionable in a School Superintendent's contract.
Having been a teacher, Principal and Ass't Supt. myself for a while, I usually am interested in how other people view this issue.
Comparing teacher salaries to Superintendent salaries is "comparing apples to oranges". Teacher contracts specifically are for teaching classes, while a Supt.'s job is to oversea and TO BE DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for ALL the daily operations of ALL the schools within his/her district AND is responsible for ALL the school employees within the district, PLUS responsibility for ALL community interactions, relations and PR.
Speaking for myself, I posted it as a matter of interest, since I'd seen the articles in state newspapers about other superintendents, rather than as a point of argument. I am curious about the consulting work piece because, as I said before, I wonder how potential conflicts of interest, etc are resolved.
Having said that and not in an attempt to compare, I believe that teacher's jobs are undervalued in this state.
I agree 100-percent that most teachers in the U.S. are underpaid. In addition, they are NOT honored properly by the public as they should be.
Although be advised that in large cities like New York and Chicago it's not unusual for long-time seasoned teachers with a Master's degree to earn between $60,000 and $70,000 per year.
That said, I still don't think it's appropriate to make the comparison or reference re: the salaries between the two job descriptions as Joe did in his comment above. That can be more damaging than helpful.
Supts. job is 12 months (all year) vs. the standard 187 days. Also, he is responsible for so much more. If things go bad, he is going to catch it, no matter who screws up. Also, those who have been close to (or been) a Supt. know how demanding that job is. It is 24-7, all the time. Teaching is taxing (former teacher here) but you can't compare the jobs and say he should not make 115,000 per year. He is responsible for EVERYTHING. As a teacher, you are responsible for your students. He is responsible for them too, plus human resources, budget, policy, etc. Add to it that you are governed by non-educators who have never taught (98 percent of the time) and you then realize these guys work for their money, every penny.
8 - GRISD fan
2 Mar 2009 @ 5:01:28 PM
Just the fact that his salary and other financial information is public information should show you the scrutiny that Wayne Rotan and his whole family is under as the superintendent of GRISD. How would any of you like for your salaries and name to be open for the public to discuss. I think we should all applaud the job that Wayne and all ssociated with GRISD are doing, both in academics and athletics. Do you remember way back when in 8th grade when your parents, teachers and SUPERINTENDENT told you you can be whatever you want to be. You should have chosen to be a superintendent.
When you work for the public and take taxpayer money, indeed, your salary is public information, as it should be. Those who don't wish it so work in the private sector and the companies they work for, hopefully, are not taking corporate welfare money.
We moved here mostly for the school, dyslexia runs my family (not my wife's, you know) and GRISD has done a wonderful job with my daughter. Teachers everywhere pretty much get a bad deal for what they do. The Mr. Rotan does the best job as superintendent I have ever seen. It would help if we had a better industrial base like Stephenville to help with the taxes.
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