Q: Why isn’t the Superintendent’s contract in the transparency report on your website when it is required by law? -Community Member-
A: I am able to respond to the question.
The Superintendents contract is NOT automatically required to be on the Transparency Report. Any administrative or other employee contract, that the salary exceeds $100,000.00 is required to be placed on the Transparency Report. The requirement is not just for Superintendents nor does the requirement require every Superintendents contract in the State of Michigan to be placed on the Transparency Report.
Currently the Superintendents contract for Stephenson Area Public Schools under the section of compensation is as follows:
5. COMPENSATION – reads – “The Board of Education shall pay the Administrator an annual salary of not less than $350.00 per work day X (times) a maximum of 208 scheduled work days or an annual salary of $72, 800 for 208 days of scheduled work”.
It is the goal of the current Superintendent and Board of Education to continue to reduce the number of days that the Superintendent of Schools works. The end goal is to eventually have the Superintendent be a true part time employee working between 140 and 180 work days per year. As student enrollment continues to decline, the current Board and Superintendent desire that the majority of administrative time should be allotted at the building level dealing directly with students and teachers thus putting as many dollars as close to students and teachers as possible. With two relatively new building administrators at Stephenson Area Public Schools, there will need to be significant time spend during the 2018-2019 school year, mentoring and coaching these talented individuals to assure they have their professional needs met.
It is the goal of the current Superintendent and Board of Education to continue to reduce the Superintendents work days throughout the length of the current contract. This should be attainable as the current building administrators gain experience and as systems continue to be put in place and fine-tuned, allowing the district to become more efficient while complying with the law.
If student enrollment continues to decline, (as per the data provided by recent censuses) Stephenson most likely will look to share a future Superintendent with another local or have a split Superintendent / Principal position in the future.
Thanks for the question.