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Morgan receives salary increase

December 02, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Washington County Board of Education, after concluding that Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan did well on 66 measurable criteria, gave her a $12,360 raise, board members and Morgan said Wednesday.

Board President Edward Forrest said Morgan was given a 10 percent salary increase, or $12,360, retroactive to July 1. With the increase, her annual base salary is $135,900.

Morgan's base salary was $120,000 in fiscal year 2003 and $123,600 in fiscal year 2004, according to public documents provided by the school system. The fiscal year begins July 1.

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Last fiscal year, her total compensation was $148,598. Morgan said it is too early to say what her total compensation will be for this year.

She said her total compensation, in addition to the base salary, includes mileage reimbursement and contributions to a tax-sheltered annuity. She also is eligible to be compensated for some unused vacation days, she said.

Board Vice President Roxanne Ober said Morgan accomplished 90 percent of the goals that were developed jointly by the board and Morgan.

"She would have earned an 'A'," Ober said.

"She is doing an excellent job," Forrest said.

In addition to approving her raise, the board earlier had nominated Morgan for the annual American Association of School Administrators Superintendent of the Year award, Forrest said.

In Maryland, the program is administered by the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland, Carol Mowen, spokeswoman for Washington County Public Schools, said.

In early November, the association named Carl Roberts, superintendent of Cecil County public schools, as its 2004-2005 Superintendent of the Year for Maryland, Mowen said.

Morgan said that when she became superintendent of Washington County Public Schools, she encouraged the board to evaluate her annually, using criteria that can be quantified.

When conducting an annual review of the previous superintendent, Herman Bartlett, the board used evaluation criteria that was more vague and subjective, Ober said.

Morgan said the evaluation system being used now is more like that used in the private sector, where the head of a company has to make certain improvements and meet specified goals.

"I should not get a raise or a bonus if I don't deliver," Morgan said.

Ober said board members have compared the base salaries for five counties that most resemble, in enrollment size, Washington County. Those counties are Calvert, Cecil, Charles, Frederick and St. Mary's, she said. All of them had enrollments of between 16,000 and 38,500 for the 2002-2003 school year, Ober said.

Of those six school systems, for the 2002-2003 school year, Morgan was paid the least, Ober said.

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