The decision by Stacey Scott to leave Dracut for Framingham and take $20,000 along with him inspired someone to ask me what it would cost to let Supt. Franco or one of the Asst. Supt’s walk away from their job for greener pastures. Which led me to wonder about the Greater Lowell Tech Supt.? Or Tyngsboro Supt.? I had No clue so I tried to do a little research and found the following:
The Greater Lowell Technical School is the ONLY School system to have ALL contracts online and available to the Public.
The Lowell and Dracut School Departments do not (Dracut Forum had a copy posted of Stacey Scott’s contract) nor does the City of Lowell or Town of Dracut make contracts available online for city or town government.
Tyngsboro has contracts online for the entire Town Government.
Something Lowell and Dracut should also do in this era of ‘Transparency” ! Yet there is no group or newspaper calling for this to happen. The former Move Lowell Forward requested this at the tech a few years ago but no one has asked the Lowell School Dept. or City of Lowell or Town of Dracut to make all contracts available online.
Anyway after reviewing information I could find, here are the cost associated with a Supt. or Asst. Supt. pulling a Stacey Scott and fleeing the contract they agreed to.
Greater Lowell Tech: Supt Mary Jo Santoro $160,000 Salary based on 243 work days in a year. She is required to give 6 month notice via Certified Mail to the Chairman of the School Committee’s Home Address (committee can at their discretion allow less than the 6 month notice.)
She would receive a Lump Sum payment 100% of monies for WORK PERFORMED and 100% of unused Vacation Days not to exceed 45 days. Nothing defined about sick days in the termination language.
Asst. Supt. Robert Lussier $131,000 salary based on 243 work days in a year. He is required to give 6 month notice via Certified Mail to the Superintendent / Director’s Home Address (Who can at their discretion allow less than the 6 month notice.)
He would receive a Lump Sum payment 100% of monies for WORK PERFORMED and 100% of unused Vacation Days not to exceed 45. Nothing defined about sick days in the termination language.
There is NOTHING in the contract of the Administrator’s (Director’s) that deals with any termination language or payouts.
Lowell – No information is available online. I did find contract information for Supt. Franco and the Asst. Supt.’s from an old Post I did in June of 2011 but nothing with exact details or dealing with voluntary termination.
Dracut – We know what Scott’s requirements are (see a former post) the thing that I noticed is the contract does not specify the number of days worked per year. So technically can he work only the same number of days as teachers? How do you figure out what his per diem rate is if you haven’t spelled out the number of days required to work?
Tyngsboro Supt. receives $132,500 based on 260 work days a year and has the most interesting Termination clause.
21. Termination by the Superintendent Prior to Expiration
The Superintendent shall be entitled to terminate this contract prior to its expiration date, upon written notice to the Committee of one hundred fifty (150) days. Said notice shall be sent by registered mail, return receipt requested, to the residence of the Chair of the Committee. The Superintendent may request, and the Committee may consider termination on less than one hundred fifty (150) days notice.
Should the Superintendent choose to terminate this contract and leave the employment of the Tyngsborough Public Schools to work as Superintendent in another school district prior to its expiration date, he shall compensate the Committee an amount equal to fifteen percent (15%) of his annual salary within the first year of the contract; ten percent (10%) of his annual salary within the second year of the contract and ten percent (10% ) of his annual salary within the third year of the contract.
I think this is the most interesting contract and believe this is a fair clause for ANY public official who wants a contract. In Lowell the Manager gets a 3 month severance if the Council terminates his contract but there is no penalty (from what I recall because I can’t read it online) if he is the one who walks away.
Should City/Town employees under contract have a termination penalty if they choose to leave ahead of the contract expiring?