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Posted on Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 3:15 p.m.

New Ann Arbor schools superintendent to earn $245,000 in base salary for five years

By Kyle Feldscher

Incoming Ann Arbor Public Schools superintendent Patricia Green will receive a base annual salary of $245,000 for an initial term of five years, according to documents released by the district Monday.

The contract, signed March 30, says Green will begin her term as superintendent on July 1, with the initial term to last until July 1, 2016.


Patricia Green

Green is the current superintendent of North Allegheny School District in Pennsylvania, which she will be leaving at the end of the school year. She was hired by the Ann Arbor school board on March 5 after a search process that began in August.

The issue of the new superintendent’s salary has been hotly debated since the school board announced the salary range near the beginning of the search process. Green has a base salary of $189,000 in North Allegheny.

The district will reimburse Green for relocation expenses. She is required to collect three bids from professional moving companies and submit them to school board president Deb Mexicotte for approval.

Green and Mexicotte will also have to agree on times Green will be in the district prior to July 1 for meetings and consulting to familiarize herself with the district. Green will be paid the rate of 1/260 of her base salary per day — about $942.

Green will earn 25 vacation days annually and is provided with term life insurance coverage equal to three times her base salary. Green also voluntarily waived medical, dental and optical benefits, electing to be paid $2,700 per fiscal year instead.

Green’s contract also allows for 12 sick days and three personal days per year. The district will also reimburse Green for memberships in professional and community organizations, along with travel and entertainment expenses related to business.

The district will also provide Green with a cell phone and laptop computer.

If the school board terminates Green at any point before July 1, 2016, Green will be entitled to 18 months worth of salary in a lump-sum payment. She must be notified two weeks before any termination that the school board is considering the move.

Robert Allen has been serving as interim superintendent of AAPS since October, when Todd Roberts left the district to serve as chancellor of the North Carolina School of Science and Math.

Kyle Feldscher covers K-12 education for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 9:59 p.m.

I'm sure she is going to sale a lot the money over 5 years .


Thu, Apr 21, 2011 : 4:43 p.m.

In negotiating contracts today, most Boards seem to have forgotten about offering an incentive for good performance and have gone for we will pay you a ridiculous sum if you aren't any good. Time for the public to recall the school board.


Sat, Apr 16, 2011 : 12:43 p.m.

This is just plain and simple WRONG. The education professionals that work in the Department of Education for the state on Michigan (including the Superintendent Of Education) don't make that kind of cash! How can this be justified in this time of cut backs? It can't. My suggestion is to have ONE superintendent per county, similar to Maryland. Let's see the savings: Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, Ypsilanti, all have superintendents, if my scenario is adopted we would save ...well you do the calculation. Education should be about teachers, not inflated egos/salary.


Sat, Apr 16, 2011 : 1:59 a.m.

Close to $250K. Wow, I would have been happy with just $190K taking this job. But I don't get what you all are complaining about.


Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 3:41 p.m.

Just remember, public sentiment right now is that we want to take money and benefits away from teachers. And retain tax cuts for people who make over $250k per year. Doh!


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 4:02 p.m.

Give Ms. Green an A++....she worked a great deal for herself. Give the school board an "F". How does the school board give out a benefit package than is better than many Fortune 100 companies?? One thing is clear....there are NO...NO financial problems in the AAPS. If the AAPS can offer this type of type of pay and benefits then there isn't any reason for the Taxpayers to vote for any tax increases. In fact, I think a reduction in taxes is in order.

Dr. I. Emsayin

Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 1:55 a.m.

However, AAPS is moving teachers out of areas where they currently teach and into new areas in a bumping process so that Ms. Green will have a mess on her hands because even experienced teachers will be teaching something brand new.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:33 p.m.

Also, bravo on the Fox "News"ish placement of this story next to the article about cutting police and fire. This is a story which is supposed to look like journalism but is really designed to inflame people, and they are completely sucked in by it. Nice job readers.


Thu, Apr 14, 2011 : 6:21 p.m.

We obviously disagree. How is the school board "killing us" exactly? By hiring somebody who they feel is worth a top salary. They could be right. I would rather have that than having them reason 'we really liked this candidate but would rather go cheap, so we'll hire somebody else'. Were you in on the process? Did you see all the resumes and sit in during discussions with Ms Green and the other candidates? I am betting not, yet you appear to be assuming that she isn't worth it before she even gets a chance to prove herself. The headline could have been 'School Board and Superintendent Reach Salary Agreement'. You would probably have clicked in there because you were interested, but not with a 'My god, we're laying off firefighters and this woman is getting how much????' Perhaps you thrill to a constant state of suspicion and being ticked off. If so, Fox 'what-passes-for-news' is the perfect place to turn. Nobody was "hiding" anything from the tax payers and wording the story headline in such a way as to steer the topic toward outrage was irresponsible. Enjoy thrashing and wallowing and bellowing about "transparency". To me ill thought out, phony, moral outrage is boring and a waste of time.


Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 12:31 a.m.

LBH And how would you word the heading? New Ann Arbor schools superintendent to be under paid for next five years! And where would you put the article in the Obits? That would be fitting because the school board is killing us! Or would you rather hide this information from the tax payers? Since when is having the opportunity to comment on something being "sucked in" ? Looks like you were sucked in too!


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:30 p.m.

Interesting. Out of one side of some people's mouths is the "free market" blah, blah, blah, people are worth what their employer is willing to pay... out of the other side is 'this is outrageous!' I guess the "free market" banner waving passion only applies if it is not your money that is at stake, eh. This is a huge job where Ms Green will have to deal with Ann Arbor parents (what a daunting thought) in addition to all of the other things associated with the job. I hope she is more than equal to the task and that the salary yap, yap will fade into the past quickly.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 1:45 p.m.

A quarter of a million dollars per year. God help us.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 1:14 p.m.

Well...isn't that about $118 per hour on a normal basis? Of course, compared to the obscene comp for Coach Hoke, that's a joke. What do people do with that kind of money? How could one individual justifying expecting that kind of income, and morally or otherwise?


Sun, Apr 17, 2011 : 1:43 a.m.

With that kind of money, they buy all kinds of stuff.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:39 p.m.

Well by God she better be worth it. The school board has stuck their collective necks out and if she cannot find ways to control costs, reduce unnecessary spending, collaborate with other school districts, maintain the execellent teachers, and raise the level of competence of the students, she and the the entire school board will need to go.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:32 p.m.

that hugw salary and all those benefits have to come from somewhere in the budget.who gets shafted?


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:21 p.m.

"Green also voluntarily waived medical, dental and optical benefits, electing to be paid $2,700 per fiscal year instead." Funny...the rest of the AAPS employees don't get reimbursed if they decline benefits. Double standard?


Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 2:03 a.m.

Actually they do get reimbursed, not 2700, but there a reimbursement.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 11:40 a.m.

The sad thng is that teachers in the class rooms are NOT over compensated or under worked. School Districts are over-administrated. We pay a large part of our kids schooling to the Feds and the State and both require endless paperwork for our local districts to get it back. You need lots of staff who never teach a child to write the requests and answer the reporting requirements. Ann Arbor would be far better off just keeping all the money at home.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 8:30 a.m.

Wait, should this story be in the crime section? : )


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 8:27 a.m.

I have a feeling the school lunch program will have a lot less sugar and fat as a result of this.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:39 a.m.

Jeepers, How many standard deviations out is this? Let's see 90th percentile salary is $195,079. Ann Arbor must be extra-extra special. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> Does she walk on water? Turn lead to gold? (We're gonna need this.)


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:36 a.m.

Mr. Kyle Feldscher, In order to compare/contrast Ms. Green's salary, do we know any of the following? *What the salary was for the former superintendent? *What the salaries are for other superintendents whose districts size (Total number of students, total number of reporting staff, total number of schools, etc.) are similar? Both in Michigan and across the United States? *Do the Ann Arbor schools present any special, unordinary circumstances and/or burdens that are not common for other school districts? *Mrs. Green's total experience as an educator and superintendent (besides what was mentioned in the article). Has she been an educator for a long time? Is she considered an expert for her field? Does she hold higher education degrees (PhD? Masters of Management, Accounting, etc?) that most superintendent's don't have? Does she have specialized training in a certain field? In her past work, has she shown proven results of a quality superintendent? *What Mrs. Green's job duties will entail? Are any ordinary/unordinary (considered &quot;extra&quot;) from normal duties of superintendent. *Did the Ann Arbor School District have trouble finding a qualified person for a lower salary so they had to offer a higher salary to bring Mrs. Green in? With all respect Kyle it seems this article is lacking some key information. At first blush, $245,000 per year plus benefits seems like a whole lot of dough and excessive. Maybe it is maybe it isn't? Maybe it is a high salary, but it what the business market demands (after all, Mrs. Green isn't part of a union, she negotiated her contract herself). It seems obvious to me that the superintendent, like a CEO or manager, would have a higher salary than most in their field because they have the most responsibility, but we are left with no information as to if this salary is reasonable. Marcus


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 3:12 a.m.

Marcus, Really? Look below at Will's comment. I think that will provide some insight to what is going on in the great city of Ann Arbor. Respectfully, Mikael


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:19 a.m.

This is the BOE gang of four who we have to thank for this - Deb Mexicotte, Glenn Nelson, Irene Patalan, Christine Stead. Be sure to make this their last term of duty.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:11 a.m.

Again I ask, &quot;Why should we pay a higher base salary to AAPS Superintendent of Schools when our U.S. Vice President's base salary is only $230,700.00?&quot; Those who choose to serve in pubically-funded positions know that their salaries are funded by the taxpayers and not by private profit-making institutions or buisnesses. Traditionally, individuals who valued service over salary entered public service positions, not individuals interested in making large sums of money. They knew that their salaries were coming from individual taxpayers, like themselves, and not from private profit-making entities. It is impossible for public-sector salaries to keep up with their counter-parts in the private sector unless more taxes are levied. I do not believe that AAPS could not obtain a superintendent who is as qualified as, or even more qualified than, their current selection with a more modest salary offer.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:08 a.m.

It does not matter if the subject is, a battered parrot, a protester on top of the court house, puppies dropped off by the side of the road, or local restaurants. Some post are always interchangeable!

Lifelong A2

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:03 a.m.

The $245,000 salary (ignoring all other benefits) is reasonable for a CEO of a large enterprise with a $100,000,000+ annual budget. But the 18-month severance policy is absurd. CEO severance packages are out of control, particularly in the public sector. 3-6 months is more appropriate. And I agree with the comments about 25 vacation days + 15 sick/personal days; that's also out of control.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 1:26 a.m.

Wow... lets bring in a discount superintendent and have him/her totally destroy our district. Look at the superintendent we had that crammed a new high school down our throat, said we could afford it, then left the district with his tail between his legs and the board expected Dr Roberts to clean up his mess. If you recall, Rossi Ray Taylor kept saying, &quot;We can build it, but we can't afford to run it.&quot; Many of you chose to ignore that and follow George Forero's lead and cockeyed financials, where he said it wouldn't take any more manpower to run a 3rd comprehensive high school... right! If Pat Green can do for our district what she has done for North Allegheny, she will be worth every dime. So many community people talk about real world corporate salaries, well what would someone in her capacity with those responsibilities make in corporate America?? You complain about her benefits, but in corporate America she would be getting huge bonuses, stock options, etc... Not here... What is it that you want for our next generation? Have you even looked at what her talents will be able to do for AAPS??


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 9:16 p.m.

So @DonBee, we should go cheap in case the school board may have made a mistake and hope that we get a bargin? I agree with @skigrl50 and her example is dead on. Fornero and his fawning, rubber stamping, groupies somehow managed to convince enough of a small voter turn out that our dear little children would be irreparably scarred if we didn't build the Skyline money pit. Well, we have it, and it's nice, but our school population is declining, just like people who actually thought ahead said it would, and we're now trying to 'School of Choice' kids into the system. I really hope she is terrific and I also hope she doesn't bother reading the online blog rag. How discouraging would it be to see all this junk before you even walk in the door?


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:47 p.m.

skigrl50 - And if it turns out that Ms. Green is the wrong person, what do we do? So long as she does not violate the terms of her contract, any termination in the next 5 years will cost a minimum of $367,500.00 and more than likely $500,000 when you add retirement contributions and other perks.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:04 a.m.

There goes the one trick pony again!

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 1:46 a.m.

She could bankrupt a corporation and still get a million!


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:59 a.m.

The salary range was &quot;up to $245K&quot; and she got ... $245K! Keen negotiation, BOE.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 1:35 a.m.

That's the problem when you are negotiating with other people's money. It's not as if the board is actually going to have to pay this salary. The board has no incentive to be good stewards of the taxpayer's money. We keep electing these clowns. We get the government that we deserve.

Momma G

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:45 a.m.

Thank you AAPS BOE! I wouldn't blame the teachers, secretaries and custodians for doing a work stoppage on this one! Just unbelievable when the district is asking everyong else to agree to concessions. I hate that we are taxpayers in AA, too and high paying ones, at that!


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:22 a.m.

I think that if the district/school board begin to ask teachers and others to take cuts again to help the budget deficit they are going to get a solid heck no because of this. If this board can justify this pay raise, then teachers and others will be able to justify not taking pay cuts. On another note, who is putting together a budget plan for next year? When will the public in Ann Arbor be able to read item by item on what the district is planning to reduce budget? If you go to Canton website, they have laid out a plan on their district website on things that will be cut due to Snyders budget cuts to education. Who is making this plan in Ann Arbor? When can we see this plan? Green starts in July, is it to late then? Kyle, can you contact the district to find this out? I am anxious to see where 15 million is coming from. Do they have a plan at all?


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:14 a.m.

Here is an example of the idiocy going on in the public schools! Harbor Beach Community Schools Superintendent Ron Kraft received total compensation of more than $300,000 last year. This in a school district of 600 students! And his plan is to retire then return to the same job for $60,000 a year while drawing his pension! <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> Now explain to us why we should give school district more money. Oh yea for the kids. Hog wash!


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 3:17 a.m.

Kudos! I did not think you had it in you.

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:37 a.m.

Corporate owned Ben Nelson!


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:03 a.m.

I asked you. But then I never expect an answer! You are the one that is always bashing corporate America (as long as they are Republicans) All I ask is that you be honest and give me the name of ONE Democrat that would be worthy of your wrath.

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 1:48 a.m.

Ask Slick to answer that question! You know his boys are worth every Quarter Million they get paid!


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 1:03 a.m.

We seem to pay through the nose for most things in this town and most in public office end up being &quot;flunkies&quot;. If we are going to have a &quot;flunky&quot; anyway we might as well pay less! She will stay just long enough to bleed us dry then move on. Where do YOU draw the line? Is everyone that makes $275,000 a crook? Maybe $300,000?

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:49 a.m.

See, she is being paid competitively! You wouldn't want some flunky? Oh, you probably would!


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:08 a.m.

Look at the bright side. In order to be worth this much compensation, this woman must be so brilliant, so full of ideas and solutions well beyond the intelligence of the normal administrator that she will solve any and all difficulties facing the AAPS, That will include solving the learning gaps, budget problems and making the faculty, staff, students and parents content. Of course there will be no need for any further millages or budget cuts. Any fool could come up with that, not one worth 1/4 of a million bucks. Someone worthy of this level of pay will have the solutions. Probably graduated from Hogwarts. What a joke and a perfect example of why so many public communities, states, and schools are having disastrous fiscal problems. Some never learn.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:43 p.m.

Lots of bake sales. That will help fund the shortages!

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:07 a.m.

Anarbo, I'm sure she will be taxed more than the billionaires and the multi-millionaires. Fear not!


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:45 p.m.

Not to worry, clearly she will be in the &quot;rich&quot; catagory, and with the new american mantra her pay will be re distributed in a much more equitble manor thru tax redistribution. So all you winers who think paying someone for their qualifications, past experience, and expected job work load should not worry, she and others liker her will take care of all your wants............

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:35 p.m.

Ok, enough's enough. Do a side by side comparison with Michael Finney. (Or Dour Rothwell) What have they accomplished and why are they worth what WE pay THEM? I would say that this woman's salary package is fairly commensurate with her responsibilities. Unless you can show some of your friends in the &quot;private sector&quot; who have SUCCEEDED, your laments are fairly hollow. What is her budget? How many employees? How many buildings? Hopefully she will never be rewarded like those in the private sector who bankrupted and destroyed the value for their shareholders!


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:11 a.m.

&quot;Do a side by side comparison with Michael Finney. (Or Dour Rothwell) What have they accomplished and why are they worth what WE pay THEM?&quot; I have never said they are worth what we pay them! And I will say right now they are not! Is that clear enough for you? Now that we have established that they are not worth what they get, tell me how that makes Patricia Green worth what she will get? So because they are not worth what they get, we need to pay her more than she is worth? Some Logic! Now for your homework. Do a side by side of Michigan Superintendents and tell me why we have to pay what we do.

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:08 a.m.

Actually, her resposibilities would be commensurate with one of the Slickster's henchmen. And she is in charge. They would report to His Excellency!


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:59 p.m.

A side by side comparison would result in the conclusion that one in a state wide position would receive more pay than a person in charge of a single school district. There is no comparison.


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:26 p.m.

I am disappointed in the school board for assuming that overpaying an executive will effectively solve the district's many problems. This will not work. People bash teachers for being greedy yet they do the lion's share of the work on behalf of our kids and over and over again are asked to take more and more cuts. After building Skyline, teachers taking buyouts prematurely, new teachers straight out of school being hired to replace experienced teachers, cuts in state funding in education, families leaving the district for private school options, how can the board justify paying this high rate to a superintendent for a district?


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:24 p.m.

It has been said. &quot;We have to compete with the private sector. What do they pay for incompetent executives who bankrupt their companies? What does Slick pay his henchmen??? And all they have to do is tell Rick how beautiful his new suit is! I'm pretty confident this woman could do no worse. Heck, most of us could do no worse!&quot; ' Heck, most of us could do no worse!&quot; And that is what is so disgusting! We could get someone for half the price that would do just as well! There are some that will bemoan the fact that executives are getting rich at the workers expense! And I don't disagree with that. BUT that same person turns a blind eye to our school district making administrators rich&gt;


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 7:35 p.m.

Steve Where is your evidence that Patricia Green will do any better than what we have had the last 30 years? I am not trying to put down Patricia Green. She may do very well. BUT the process that the board used to find a new super was flawed! When do you go into the process stating that you will pay about $50,000 more than you have been paying.

Steve Norton, MIPFS

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:51 p.m.

I'm not thrilled by it either, but where is your evidence that &quot;we could get someone for half the price that would do just as well&quot;? We're talking about an entity with a $180 million annual budget, 3000+ employees, with daily contact with 16,500 clients. Plus, this person is walking into the most serious budget mess in many a year. We need somebody skilled to take this post.

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:37 p.m.

Ok, direct that same lament at the Fortune 500, the Banksters, your buddy the Slickster. Please, side by side! Only then can your lament be taken seriously!!


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:18 p.m.

The school systems across Michigan cry for more state funding. Then they give it away to Superintendents and administrators. Maybe the following is what it is going to take to get things under control! Sen. Bruce Patterson, R-Canton, has sponsored a bill that would cap teacher and superintendent pay based on legislative and gubernatorial salaries. One-third of Central New York superintendents would take pay cuts if governor's salary cap proposal becomes law

Steve Norton, MIPFS

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:47 p.m.

District's aren't crying for more money. They are asking that the cuts stop now that revenues are starting to recover. But under the Governor's proposal, schools will be cut even more.


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:17 p.m.

So the city is cutting funding to the police and fire department, and yet... Yeah, this is DEFINITELY more important than keeping the citizens safe.

Steve Norton, MIPFS

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 2:46 p.m.

The schools and city are separate government entities. City funds don't pay for the schools, and vice versa.


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 10:50 p.m.

Let them eat cake. Remember this when the district stands before us and shows us their empty pockets and implores us to dig deep &quot;for the children.&quot;

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 10:28 p.m.

We have to compete with the private sector. What do they pay for incompetent executives who bankrupt their companies? What does Slick pay his henchmen??? And all they have to do is tell Rick how beautiful his new suit is! I'm pretty confident this woman could do no worse. Heck, most of us could do no worse!

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:05 a.m.

It's comparable and competitive!


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:53 p.m.

I do not see any reason why a public position should be compared to a private corporation. If a public corporation is successful and chooses to pay executives whatever that is funded by the company's profits. This is just another drain on the budget.


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 9:39 p.m.

Seriously? The Vice President of the United States of America earns a base salary of $230,700.00 and I find it hard to believe that the AAPS superintendent's base pay should be higher.

5c0++ H4d13y

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 1:33 a.m.

Now HE'S overpaid!

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:04 a.m.

Just comparing. I know you hate that. That's what salary committees do! I know you hate to discuss your guys!


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:28 p.m.

Its the same old song for some. They think the only answer is &quot;slick&quot; is wrong! Even if he is, that does not excuse the irresponsible way the school board has acted. Get a new act! It is starting to sound like Charlie Sheen.

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 10:24 p.m.

And how much is Slick paying all of his Quarter Million Dollar a year men? You don't care? What are they costing us? This woman will be required to do what Slick won't do. Bust the unions.

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 9:02 p.m.

All this hand wringing. Corporations are paying much more to the executives that are bankrupting the company. Pay for performance? Their buddies on the board approve and us shareholders get the shaft.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:29 a.m.

This is a one trick pony!


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:28 a.m.

sbbuilder That's as definitive an answer as you will ever get!


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:59 p.m.

Mr Briegel Thank you so much for your detailed commentary of the new Superindendant's salary and benefits.

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:40 p.m.

Builder, every single post is about the comparable statistics. Put it up here for everyone to see!


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:28 p.m.

Is it every possible for you to stay on topic? We are talking about the Superintendant. Every single post (except yours, or a response to yours) is directly about the Superintendant. Could you comment about the Superintendant for us? What are your thoughts as to her salary as Superintendant? Thanks

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 10:29 p.m.

Answer above Don! If I was one of Slick's billionaire buddies I would do just that!


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 10:28 p.m.

If you are a shareholder vote for different board members if you are unhappy, or better yet - run for the board.


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 8:53 p.m.

Absolutely, unbelievable! This kind of salary when we are still knee-deep in an economic mess and facing funding cuts from the State. I thought the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) were working to fix a major budget deficit. I have already written down each and everyname of each of the members of the AAPS Board of Education who voted for this, so I know who I'm voting against during the next elections. Ann Arbor....27.7-square miles surrounded by reality! The Ann Arbor School Board is making the Detroit City Council look like the board of directors for Mensa!

Tom Joad

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 8:49 p.m.

$1.250 million over five years, for what?


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 10:33 p.m.

We'll see.


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 8:35 p.m.

The pay seems fair to me for the position. Offer less, and you won't attract anyone qualified. I agree 100% that she, and all others (including teachers), must be held accountable for their performance.

Bertha Venation

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 8:18 p.m.

Let's hope for that salary, Patricia knows what she's doing. After all &quot;It ain't easy being Green.&quot; Let's all give a big, rousing cheer for Deb Mexicotte who had a big part in this whole mess and doing the A2 citizens over, but good!

Top Cat

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 8:12 p.m.

25 vacation days plus 12 sick days plus 3 personal days......that's like a paid annual sabbatical.

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 12:02 a.m.

Top Cat, LOL!!

Top Cat

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:54 p.m.

You're over the line Pal.

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:46 p.m.

Almost sounds as cushy as you! Home at 3:00 in the afternoon!!


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 8 p.m.

Per the contract – $245,000 base salary 25 days vacation available immediately Reimbursement for unused days and the ability to accumulate vacation Retirement contributions similar to other district executives (roughly $49,000 a year based on AAPS state filing on salary and benefits with the state). $2700 per year for waived medical, dental and optical benefits $735,000 in term life insurance (roughly $1100 a year premium) 3 personal business day and 12 sick days all paid that can be accrued up to 200 days 6 month disability coverage at full salary Disability insurance for long-term disability (roughly $8000 per year premium) Normal Paid holidays Cellular phone and monthly program ( roughly $1200 per year) $2500 for membership in community organizations Paid dues for professional associations Moving expenses 18 months salary as a termination payment Laptop computer Bottom Line – our new Superintendent costs the district $325,000.00 a year or about what 3 teachers cost. I want to thank the Board of Education for so carefully watching the budget.


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:44 p.m.

David - I am not his friend. I met him a couple of times at various events in town. I doubt he would remember my name. I don't have a &quot;bat phone&quot; to him. Sorry to disappoint you. Like you I am just another tax payer. At least I assume you pay taxes.


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:41 p.m.

who cares if the governor is his friend???? doesn't mean he agrees with everything he does. i'm sure everyone has a friend who does things they don't agree with! the story DonBee commented on is about the new super not about the governor---give it a rest!

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 10:31 p.m.

What do they include? No transparency?? What was his response? And you are his friend!!


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 10:27 p.m.

David - Just so you know, I emailed the Governor's office when the first $250,000 deal was announced, expressing my unhappiness with the deal. But I doubt any of those contracts include 18 months termination pay.

Basic Bob

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 8:32 p.m.

@David Briegel, Excellent point. Our government boards and agencies needs to stop hiring these quarter million dollar men and ladies until the economy recovers sufficiently for the rest of us. Of course we don't know the exact contract that Rick's boys got. 18 months paid if her contract is terminated early. What do you bet that this contract gets extended and sweetened within a year!

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 8:16 p.m.

Compare that to the packages received by your friend Rick's top Quarter Million Dollar Men. Was Slick carefully watching the budget?


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 7:56 p.m.

The taxpayers, teachers, and parents need to hold her accountable for her salary. She needs to show that she's worth that big salary.


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 9:04 p.m.

Basic Bob - That's where we come in as citizens. If the superintendent isn't doing his/her job, we need to let people know. It's the same with teachers - if a teacher is not doing his/her job well, the school needs to hear about it from parents and students. Too many people don't involve themselves.

Basic Bob

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 8:34 p.m.

Well, that would be the job of the school board. As long as she doesn't irritate the wrong people, nothing else seems to matter.

Buster W.

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 7:54 p.m.

Come on, people...she's working for the kids!


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 7:49 p.m.

The salary sounds justified to me given the challenges she's going to be facing in the next five years. I hope she can address these challenges head-on and keep the best interests of the children in mind at the same time.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 1:06 p.m.

Given the challenges a school maintenance person faces daily, maybe they deserve a higher salary too? Or nurses? Or ??????


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 7:45 p.m.

Actually, the derision should be placed on the district she's leaving and not Ann Arbor's. She will have twice the number of students and more than twice the number of buildings here. She's not making twice the amount of money. I wonder what the whiner ratio is.


Tue, Apr 12, 2011 : 11:33 a.m.

How many classes does she teach?

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:43 p.m.

builder, A principal has a building, an administrator has a District to Administer! Kink of like a CEO, like YOU and a supervisor!


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 11:21 p.m.

A principal is not an administrator?


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 8:36 p.m.

sbbuilder, No, my logic is comparing adminitrator to administrator. The jobs you mention are different.


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 8:16 p.m.

ignatz By your logic, each principal should be paid roughly 1/15th what she makes because they are responsible for about that number of students ($16,333). Continuing with the silly logic, each teacher should be making only a small % of what the pricipal makes.


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 7:45 p.m.

And I suppose they're also going to reimburse her for the hatchet she was hired to use...


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 7:38 p.m.

That is sick!! $245,000. I am in the wrong field. Hope the teachers, staff, community, and others will strike against this outrage!!


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 9:58 p.m.

it also creates a elitism between principle and super attendant chalmors

zip the cat

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 7:35 p.m.

Wow a $56.000 raise,plus all the other perks. No wonder she said I'am your gal. I suppose next your going to ask taxpayers for a big millage increase. Sorry after this farce I will vote NO

5c0++ H4d13y

Mon, Apr 11, 2011 : 7:30 p.m.

Insert outrage and envy here.