School Board Approves Superintendent’s Raise, Contract Extension

The Loudoun County School Board voted Tuesday to give Superintendent Eric Williams a raise and a two-year contract extension.

The new contract extends to 2022 and includes a $327,000 compensation package with a base salary of $285,000. That’s a $25,000—or 9 percent—increase over his previous contract, which was signed in 2016. The compensation package also comes with a $12,000 annual car allowance and a $30,000 salary deferral, money that he can receive as taxable compensation or elect to deposit into supplemental retirement accounts, according to the contract.

The one dissenting vote on adopting the new contract was School Board member Eric DeKenipp (Catoctin). He initially made a failed motion to increase the superintendent’s pay by 4.5 percent, instead of 9 percent. “He’s doing a good job, but it should be closer to what raises teachers are getting,” he said.

Eric Hornberger (Ashburn) pointed out that the superintendent is not making a 9 percent jump in one year. Williams has been receiving incremental annual raises each time the board approved raises for the rest of the division staff members and when he’s received stellar evaluations, as per his contract. Personnel evaluations are not made public.

The new contract promises the same conditions. [See the full contract here.]

Tom Marshall (Leesburg) said that the raise is justified because Loudoun County Public Schools is competing with other school divisions for good superintendents. “It’s a competitive market.”

“It’s a negotiation, too,” Debbie Rose (Algonkian) added. “That means two parties present different positions and you come to one in the middle.”

Hornberger also pointed out that Loudoun County pays its superintendent far less than most in the region who are leading similar size school divisions.

Prince William County Superintendent Steven Walts’ compensation package is $413,856, with a base pay of $307,007. Scott Brabrand, the superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, the largest school division in Virginia, receives an annual base salary of $290,000.

Williams said in an interview after the vote that he’s especially thankful for a contract extension.

“I’m very appreciative of that. I love my job and I’m thankful to get to continue the important work that we’re doing.”

Williams was hired in 2014 following the retirement of Edgar B. Hatrick, who led the school system for 23 years.

One thought on “School Board Approves Superintendent’s Raise, Contract Extension

  • 2018-06-27 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks for linking to the full contract. Whatever one thinks of Trump as a negotiator, this school board is possibly the worst negotiator we have ever seen. Let’s review the contract:

    1. It’s normal for a Supt to promote the school district. But he is not a “personal services” employee of the school board. The gov’t shouldn’t be hiring employees to “promote them”. Yet in section III.c, Williams is required to “promote” the school board. Does the Leesburg Police Chief need to “promote” the mayor? Is the Parks & Rec dept required to “promote” the BOS? This makes a laughingstock out of non-partisan gov’t employees.

    2. Williams supposedly received a whole slew of bonuses. Yet, section III.F clearly states that Williams is required to “promptly inform the School Board of any and all information that is relevant to the functioning of the school system “. Clearly Williams did not tell the Board when Dominion band instructor Brian Damron was sleeping with students and giving them alcohol, nor when Williams failed to ask VDOE to rescind his license. Yet, Williams gets an “accomplished” or “stellar” rating?

    3. The board has unnecessarily guaranteed Williams a $1M golden parachute. (3+ years of severance) If a future board (say elected in Nov 2019) wishes to replace Williams, they must pay him the amount due for the remainder of his contract through 2022 including bonuses. If the current contract doesn’t expire until June, 2020, why would this board extend it now? The parties state they should notify each other of their intentions 9 months prior to the end of the contract. This is merely an attempt by Morse, Hornberger, and others to tie the hands of future school boards.

    This school board is horrendous.

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