Not that anyone ask me and I’m sure the School Committee has their own ideas but since the story was in today’s paper I felt compelled to comment. First I have never met the Supt and have had limited direct dealing with her.
I have over the last two weeks dealt with the school dept. transferring my daughter to public school from private school and that experience was handled quickly, professionally and without any long drawn out processes by a very courteous group of people who treated myself and my daughter wonderfully.
If you read today’s Sun you will see that the Supt. has submitted her proposal for a new contract to the school committee as part of the weekly packet in a public meeting therefore it is a matter of public record. her Atty.. states he wished it was done in private in executive session.
Don’t let Mike Gallagher fool you, he is a smart lawyer and former school committee member, he knew exactly what he was doing allowing the Superintendent to submit her request for a new contract into the school committee packet. He knew that the information would be considered public information and that the Sun or someone would run with it and people would look and see that she is being very fair in her request.
Truth is if I were on the Lowell School Committee and looked at the Superintendents overall performance, the improvements in the city schools, her working relationship with the teachers Union (okay I sometimes think it is to close a relationship), her willingness to lead by example and not take her earned and deserved raises of 4 percent and the $5,000 performance bonus each year over the last 3 years and look at what she requested, I would call a special meeting and get this hammered out before November 1st.
According to the Sun she is requesting the $170,000 salary again in fiscal 2012, on July 1, 2012; her salary would increase to $198,876, and would then increase to $206,831 on July 1, 2013, for the final year of the contract. The benefits outlined in her current contract including five weeks of vacation, 15 sick days, three personal days and a $300 monthly travel allowance would be the same in the new contract
I would offer the $170,000 salary again in fiscal 2011/2012 and on July 1, 2012, her salary would increase to $190,000, then would then increase to $198,900 on July 1, 2013, for the final year of the contract,
giving her all of the current benefits she presently has for vacation, sick days, personal days and monthly travel and I would also give her a 1 time Performance Bonus of $5,000 in recognition and appreciation for all she has achieved. The only other item I would add is that if the committee decides to fire her she receives only 3 months salary and if she leaves before the contract is up she forfeits all unused sick and vacation time.
The raise would equal the 17% given to the City Manager and considering what the teachers and other city workers have received is not out of line and is fair to all parties involved. It isn’t exactly what she wanted but given the fiscal outlook and the current economic time I believe it is something she and the city could live with.
Supt. Scott has shown a willingness to work with the city and the school committee and forsake the almighty dollar for the good of the system and the city needs her to continue to be the leader of our school system has much as we needed to re-sign the City Manager.
Sign her now!