4. We have since updated the position title of Cindy Gaugler to reflect therecommendation of the audit team that since she in fact serves as our Chief Financial Officer, this should be reflected in her job title. Her new title is‘Director of Finance’. We shall bring other title changes to the Board, wherenecessary, for approval this spring.5. The recommendation that in future negotiations we should “align theDirector’s salary with industry comparables and Federal requirements”appears to flow from the auditors’ assumption that the ‘suggestedguidelines’ floated by HUD in August, 2011, which involved ‘salary caps’ forExecutive Directors of different sized PHA’s would become permanent HUDpolicy. To date this has not happened, and the guidelines have provoked allmanner of controversy nationwide, including the threat of litigation by thenational organization of PHA professionals (PHADA). Thus far theseguidelines have not been implemented by HUD, nor even been publiclyreaffirmed.SSHA policy on Executive Director salary and compensation was set byan agreement between the Saratoga Springs City Council and the Board of Commissioners of the SSHA in 1981 – comparability with Saratoga SchoolDistrict Principals. Since no single principal was singled out in thatagreement (there are, today, seven principals), we assume that the idea atthe time was that our Executive Director would be compensated
somewherewithin the range of all the existing principal’s salaries.
If now we revert to
criterion of comparability, which has been our policy since 1981 andremains our policy to this day, we find that the latest figures available fromthe official New York State Website, <SeeThroughNY::Payroll-Schools>, for2012* are as follows:Caroline Street Elementary - $160,306Lake Avenue Elementary - $147,512Dorothy Nolan Elementary - $130,540Division Street Elementary - $122,882Greenfield Elementary - $97,926Saratoga Springs High School - $117,550*No figures are given for Geyser Road Elementary, whose principal is aninterim appointment while the search for a permanent appointment is beingconducted.By
criterion of comparability, the only criterion mentioned in ourpolicy and stated clearly in the Personnel Policies and Procedures Handbookof the SSHA, Mr Spychalski’s salary of $144,921 for 2012 is well within therange of the salaries listed above. (See Exhibit C)We agree to utilize professional consultants familiar with the publichousing industry, in addition to our own legal counsel, to advise us oncontract details in the future as
the audit recommendation. In terms of