March 16, 2009
Sunshine Week: How Brown County school leaders' contractscompare
Several Brown County school districts have new superintendents this school year, and a Green BayPress-Gazette analysis of their contracts shows similarities in length but differences in salary, carallowance and other expenses.Green Bay's Greg Maass, Ashwaubenon's David Schmidt, West De Pere's John Zegers and Pulaski'sMel Lightner each are in the first year as superintendent of their districts.The Press-Gazette examined their contracts, as well as those of De Pere's Ben Villarruel and Howard-Suamico's Damian LaCroix, who have been with their districts for a number of years.Following are several key provisions of these contracts.
Greg Maass, Green Bay School District
Length of contract: Two years, beginning Aug. 1, 2008, and ending June 30, 2010. Contract willautomatically be extended for one year unless the School Board adopts a motion terminating itsextension.Annual salary: $184,000 a yearAnnuity: Superintendent is provided with a 403(b) annuity for which the contribution is $14,000 peryearCar allowance: Monthly car allowance of $400, plus a district credit card to pay for routine vehiclemaintenance when used for district business. Mileage is reimbursed for out-of-town meetings ondistrict business.Moving expenses: Up to $5,800 for Maass to move from Fond du Lac to the Green Bay SchoolDistrict. Expense verification required.Expenses for conferences: Full reimbursement for expenses incurred at approved conferences,conventions, workshops, etc.Membership dues: School Board pays dues for membership in state and national organizations, aswell as other civic and professional organizations (subject to board approval).Evaluations: The School Board gives the superintendent a written performance evaluation at leastonce a year. The board meets twice a year to review the superintendent's performance.
David Schmidt, Ashwaubenon School District
Length of contract: Two years, beginning Aug. 1, 2008, and ending June 30, 2010, automaticallyextended one year unless otherwise agreed.Annual salary: $120,000 a yearAnnuity: $30,000 tax sheltered annuity