Big Bob sends an email pointing out a fact that I completely missed in the paper. Keller ISD Board of Trustees (yeah, we can trust them), just approved a 10% raise for our Super Superintendent. That’s a $20,000 raise! Good for him, get all the money you can get is what I say, who cares if you are running a multi million dollar budget deficit. Maybe you should run for Congress!!!
Meanwhile, over at City Hall, City Manager Dan O’Leary received an excellent review on his first year on the job and actually requested not to be considered for a raise due to the economic climate.
I’ve sent an email to the communications director at KISD and to Mr. O’Leary asking for a comment on the contrasting viewpoints of our two fearless leaders. You can also read something into the fact that I have to send an email to a communications director to get to the Super Superintendent, but can send an email directly to Dan O’Leary.
UPDATE: That didn’t take long, a response from Dan O’Leary.
Traditionally in Keller, the City Manager’s compensation has been considered during the annual evaluation for a merit increase. I did not think it appropriate to consider a merit increase when other city employees were not eligible for merit increases this year due to a tight budget.
I’ll update the post when/if I receive a response from KISD.
Update #2 12:49pm Shellie Johnson sends along a press release that is 4 days old
Keller, TX – Keller ISD’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday evening to extend Superintendent Dr. James Veitenheimer’s three-year contract.
The Board extended Dr. Veitenheimer’s contract through 2012 by a vote of 7-0. The Trustees also approved a $20,000 raise to the Superintendent’s salary to keep it competitive with those in similar districts.
“Considering the difficult economic times, the Board believes it is in the best interest of the district to provide the superintendent with a competitive salary,” said Board of Trustees President Bob Apetz. “The Board has a desire to make district salaries, including the superintendent’s, competitive in today’s market.”
In an effort to put as little strain as possible on the school district’s budget during a national economic recession, the Board pledged to reduce its expenditures by at least $13,000 and put that toward the superintendent’s 3 percent raise (of $7,000) bringing the total increase to $20,000.
Keller ISD’s Superintendent contract is eligible for extension each year at the time of the position’s summative evaluation.
“I remain blessed to have the job of superintendent,” Veitenheimer said. “I appreciate the support of the KISD staff, administration and Board. I particularly appreciate the Board’s confidence in the direction of the school district.”
Veitenheimer has led Keller ISD since 2004. With the raise, his annual salary will be $225,000 beginning with the 2009-10 school year.