Sunday, January 04, 2015

Big Bucks for Nyland in Seattle Schools' Superintendent Contract

Board agenda item link.  Actual contract link.
The proposed contract provides for an annual salary of $276,075 per year, plus an annual annuity contribution of $24,000 and monthly automobile allowance of $700. This is similar to the contract for Jose Banda, whose annual salary was $270,000, with the same additional benefits. The increase in the annual salary from that of Superintendent Banda at the time he left the District is 2.25% and is approximately equal to the weighted average of the salary increases received by all the categories of District employees (e.g., teachers, principals, other represented employees and classified employees). A review of other Washington school districts indicates this package is competitive with other highly paid superintendents of districts in the state. 


Key items to note:

- Nothing herein shall prohibit the Superintendent from undertaking consulting work, speaking engagements, writing, lecturing, or other professional duties and obligations, provided each undertaking does not interfere with, or create a conflict with his performance of his duties under this Agreement or violate Board Policy No. 5251, “Ethics”.

I'll note that the Superintendent, previous to this job, did work as an consultant to other districts.  Whether he will continue that work remains to be seen.

-  For each ensuing year of employment and no later than the first legislative meeting of the School Board in December, the Board following discussions with the Superintendent shall determine whether or not to increase this annual salary, taking into account the compensation paid to the superintendents of similar urban school districts. Because the new rate of pay reflects in significant part performance over the previous school year, the new rate of pay shall be effective the previous September 1. Under no circumstance shall the annual rate be decreased from that of the previous year.

- With a $276K salary plus $24K contribution to his pension plus $8K for care use that comes out to about $308K (not to mention health benefits).

- The Board can terminate the Superintendent without reason but then must pay him a year's salary to walk away.

How does this rank against other big city superintendents?

The highest paid superintendent in the U.S. (base salary) is the chancellor of a special Michigan district made up of the lowest performing schools (about 7400 students).  Veronica Conforme makes $325K.

From the Council of Great City Schools' report this year on superintendent data from their 53 large urban district members (including Seattle and with an 80% self-reported response):

- average salary for 2014 was $242K
- salary range is from $99K-$339K
- the majority of those responding make $250K+
- the average salary for those districts with >50K students was $211K; for those between 50-100K students, the salary was $260K
- the average benefit package came out to be about $153K
- 91% of these respondents were overseen by an elected school board with 4% by mayors and 4% other

9 comments:

Jet City mom said...


"The highest paid superintendent in the U.S. (base salary) is the chancellor of a special Michigan district made up of the lowest performing schools (about 7400 students). Veronica Conforme makes $325K."

Same district Goodlooe-Johnson was Deputy Chancellor of.

Colleges expect their presidents to bring in money to warrant their salaries.
I suppose the board will expect the superientendent to bring in corporate money to warrant his.

Watching said...

The state has an administrative Funding Formula, but cities want local control. Unfortunately, I am unable to find the funding formula for superintendents.

It is interesting to note that Micheal Tolley has received a $38K raise(!) since Enfield served as interim in 2011.

http://data.spokesman.com/salaries/schools/2012/92-seattle-public-schools/

http://data.kitsapsun.com/wa-school-staff/463698A#axzz3Nuoqx9pEIt


Why is it ok to take a teacher from Garfield, which will cause problems with college applications, reschedule classes etc., but provide administrators with a $38K(!) raise?

In addition to Nyland receiving a sakart if$276K (2.5% increase from Banda), he will receive $24K for retirement and $700 month for travel.

It is getting very difficult to Watch.






Anonymous said...

How can WE revolt -- because this is absolutely revolting.

He's taking a million dollars off of us -- he said he'd be here two years + time served -- and can anyone possibly believe he will deliver a million dollars worth of value to our children????

What impact does he have on the teachers in front of my kids? Most likely, little or none ( unless of course he screws something up or allows SpEd to continue to fester or high school north to fall apart or African american male students to substantially languish -- my money is that he'll probably have at least 2 of these items still pinned on his jacket harming children in our schools after he's pocketed the million bucks as he rides out of town. )

Would he not take the job at $200k?

I would rather have the Latin teacher in garfeild and the teacher at BF Day than this guy. Just watch and see -- ain't nothing gonna be happening . We won't even get math middle or high school text adoption, let alone a LA text/sequence scope + materials adopted.

Frustrated.

WASTE NOT

Ed said...

I don't know any represented group who got 2.5 %.

Enough said...

"He's taking a million dollars off of us -- he said he'd be here two years + time served -- and can anyone possibly believe he will deliver a million dollars worth of value to our children????"

He won't, but he'll be happy with his retirement.

Anonymous said...


"It is interesting to note that Micheal Tolley has received a $38K raise(!) since Enfield served as interim in 2011."

Looking at the SPS org chart I see Tolley is responsible for SpEd.
Tolley was McWilliams supervisor and Tolley should be held accountable for McWilliams actions plus the FACT that SpEd is not meeting the terms of the RC-CAP.

--Michael

Jet City mom said...

In Japan, what CEOs earn, depends on what their workers earn.
Generally 16 x what the employees earn compared to American CEOs who earn 319 x ( in 2010) what the average American worker earns.
I think it is time for us to say " enough is enough".
More money to CEOs certainly isn't getting a better product, or our kids a better education, or school environment.
How can we have money to pay those sorts of salaries with large class sizes and kids housed in portables?

Disgusted said...

"I think it is time for us to say " enough is enough"."

I agree. The next super will earn well into the $300K range. McLeary will get funded and we can expect all the top -dogs to get a big salary increase. To hell with the students in Garfield and other classrooms

n said...

What evidence (data) do we have that any of these supers have earned such salaries? Truly, I want to know.