School Board Approves Raises For Superintendent And Assistant Superintendent

Each Will Receive A 2 Percent Increase To Their Base Salary

At their recent meeting, the Clinton Board of Education voted unanimously to give the superintendent and the assistant superintendent of schools raises to their base salaries.

Board member Ethelene DiBona initiated a motion seconded by Gerald Vece to provide for a two percent increase in the assistant superintendent Maryann O’Donnell’s base salary. This covers the contract for the period of July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2014. There was no increase to O’Donnell’s annuity payment at this time.

Voting in favor were all members present which included DiBona, Vece, Deborah Grass, Joan Johanson and Kim Campanaro. No members voted against the motion or abstained. Members who were absent from the meeting included Phil Williams and Al Mantilia.

For Jack Cross, superintendent of schools, Johanson made a motion seconded by DiBona to provide for a two percent increase to Cross’ base salary for the July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014 contract.  No other changes were made.

All board members present voted in favor of the motion.

The ’10-’11 salary for the superintendent of schools is: $145,496

The ’10-’11 salary for the assistant superintendent of schools is: $131,040

In January of this year when the town boards were of town leaders, department heads and other employees as they began the process of formulating a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, no salary increases were indicated for the superintendent and assistant superintendent. 

The superintendent and assistant superintendent received a four percent salary increase each and a $2,000 increase in each of their annuities in July of 2010.

Margaret Monty May 13, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Resident- I never said that I don't have a problem with the supers getting raises, personally I think they should have taken a pay freeze like the teachers did. But voting no to the budget doesn't mean they won't get raises, it will only take things away from our kids, or rather give them larger class sizes and less specials because they will cut teachers. Would I rather not pay taxes, of course. But taxes are a fact of life. I see a lot of complaining in the comments about this town, from the downtown is unattractive, to test scores, to roads and the transfer station. Voting no would seem to me to just make matters worse. And on the homework issue - if you have a problem with the amount of hw coming home, talk to the teachers. Also have a chat with your child to make sure that they are getting their work done in class. Homework does not mean that the teacher is not teaching. It is a tool used for reinforcing lessons that have already been taught. If your child is having difficulty with it, you and your child need to mention it to the teacher.
Darby Hittle May 13, 2011 at 02:56 PM
I guess I just need to speak with BOE members and ask them directly why they felt compelled to increase the salaries of these two administrators so significantly since last July, given the current economic environment. (i.e. were these administrators telling the BOE that if they didn't get raises they would be leaving for another job?). Also, admittedly, I personally need to have a more complete understanding of what the full responsibilities of these administrators are as I evaluate the $ we as tax payers are shelling out for these positions. I won't ask my kids to help me with this "homework" that I have to do; as they have way too much homework already. :)
Dan Attanasio May 15, 2011 at 02:32 AM
After reading this piece and the comments above, I wondered what Superintendent salaries were in other towns in CT, and what the situation was in other towns with respect to raises. It turns out that Channel 3 did a piece on this exact issue back in October. The story on their website includes a comparison of superintendent salaries for 2009-2010 and for 2010-2011. You can check it out to see how the salaries here in Clinton compare with others across the state, and also to compare which towns gave raises and which didn't. Here's the link: http://www.wfsb.com/education/25552195/detail.html If you watch the video, you'll see that they specifically refered to the situation here in Clinton.
KJ May 16, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Thanks Dan for the information. Everyone should take notice of this article. Clinton is one of the lowest in the state for salaries both Superintendents & Assistants. Let's remember our past Superintendent was making a lot more money so I see it as a savings even with their raises. It still is a savings in our Town. While other districts around us are having to pay blotted salaries to KEEP their Superintendents I see us making a wise choice to keep with the committment to our children & our schools!
Elaine Lampe May 17, 2011 at 09:38 PM
For the record, the Clinton teachers have agreed to a wage freeze for the next school year!!. They will NOT receive an increase...... Don't confuse the administrators union with the teacher's union.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »