— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) December 18, 2014
Just wow. This guy is now the top paid educrat in the state. Meanwhile, the NCAE is engaged in choreographing theatrics at school board meetings. Theatrics that are only missing a violinist in the background and a crying child carrying an empty bowl asking, ‘please sir, may I have some more’. Small wonder their membership is dropping.
From the Chapel Hill News article:
HILLSBOROUGH — Interim Superintendent Del Burns has signed a contract, worth a little less than an annual rate of $300,000, to stay with Orange County Schools for five more months.
The contract, dated Dec. 9, gives Burns a base rate of $20,160 per month, plus a $250 monthly car allowance and $50 cell phone allowance. Add to that $4,161 each month to close the gap between Burns’ Bronze healthcare plan and the higher valued state employees plan and the monthly rate to employ Burns is $24,621.
That puts Burns at an annual rate of $295,452. His contract also allows him five paid leave days every month, with unused days paid out at the end of his contract. His contract exceeds all others listed in North Carolina according to a salary study completed last year by WRAL.
But Mike Allison, a retired Orange High School guidance counselor. said the contract is likely discouraging for the district’s teachers.
“It’s a shame things have gotten so out of hand in the upper administration levels,” Allison said. “Teachers must really feel totally unimportant now.”
Burns’ compensation is higher than other superintendents’ – permanent or interim – in North Carolina. Last month Chapel Hill-Carrboro Superintendent Tom Forcella received a raise and contract extension bringing his salary to $216,640. Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools has about 12,000 students. Orange County Schools has about 7,400.
Durham Public Schools recently hired Dr. Bert L’Homme to lead their 33,000 student district for $225,000. Wake County Schools, once led by Burns, pays superintendent Dr. Jim Merrill $275,000 to run the largest district in the state with more than 150,000 students.
Although short-term contracts for interim leaders are expected to be at a higher rate, Burns’ contract is a standout among interim superintendents.