Superintendent gets 5 percent annual raise with new contract

March 08, 2006|by KAREN HANNA


A contract with a base salary of $158,000 will keep Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan at the helm of Washington County Public Schools for four more years.

"I'm excited ... because unlike the last four years, I have the history now, and the continuity, and I know I have a fabulous staff," Morgan said Tuesday at a reception celebrating the contract extension.

Morgan and board members agreed to the terms of the new contract Tuesday. Dozens of community members and school officials attended the reception.


"I think it's fantastic. She's done a great job. What more is there to say?" Washington County Teachers Association President Claude Sasse said.

Under the new contract, which takes effect July 1, Morgan will earn 5 percent raises yearly. She will be eligible to earn additional compensation of up to 10 percent of her salary, based on factors such as student performance.

An educator for almost 35 years, Morgan worked as an interim superintendent on loan from Baltimore City Schools one year before the board hired her four years ago.

Before her three-year term in Baltimore City, Morgan worked for Frederick County Public Schools for three years and Montgomery County Public Schools 17 years.

Board member Roxanne R. Ober said the board carefully researched other superintendents' contracts.

"I think a lot of thought and time went into this," Ober said.

Morgan's current salary is $146,839 a year, according to information provided last month by the school system.

Under her current four-year deal, which runs out this summer, Morgan receives a $500-per-month car stipend and reimbursements of up to $3,200 for memberships to community organizations.

Contract specifics

Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan will be paid $158,000 for a 260-day work year with increases of 5 percent a year during the term of her new contract.

Other benefits and perks include:

  • An automobile allowance of $600 a month

  • Full-paid health/dental insurance and a reimbursement of up to $3,000 a year for vision, dental and other miscellaneous medical expenses

  • Thirty-six days of annual leave, two days of sick leave a month and four personal days a fiscal year

  • Term-life insurance coverage of $300,000

  • Reimbursement of up to $10,000 a year to cover registration, tuition, travel and subsistence expenses

  • The contribution of $26,500 from the Washington County Board of Education each July 1 into a tax-sheltered annuity
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