Ziegler gets $28K Raise; Not All Board Members Approved

Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler recently received a $28,000 raise from the School Board, putting his salary at $323,000 going into the 2022-2023 school year.

According to his contract, he is entitled to a salary increase “equal to the weighted average percentage increase approved by the Board for all staff.” His raise is based on receiving at least a ‘proficient’ performance rating by the School Board. 

The annual review of the Superintendent incudes student academic progress, which is significantly weighted; an overall summative rating; areas of individual strengths and weaknesses and recommendations for appropriate professional activities. The evaluation procedures are adopted by the board. 

Two School Board members, Andrew Hoyler (Broad Run) and Denise Corbo (At Large) did not give a proficient performance rating.

On July 24 Hoyler tweeted that each year the Board gives personal evaluation based on several metrics like communication, professionalism and leadership. He said the scores are then averaged to determine an overall score ranging from ‘Exceptional Performance’ to ‘Unacceptable Performance’.

He said if the average board member score reaches the proficient performance category, then a raise is given, which was the case this year. 

Hoyler explained in the tweet that because several classified positions received a change in level there was a fairly large percentage increase for several non-teaching positions. Hoyler said this increased Dr. Ziegler’s raise by a decent amount.

According to Ziegler’s contract the average increase in pay is taken by averaging the increase across all employee groups. That average is then is applied to Dr. Ziegler’s base salary from last year, which was $295,000.

Hoyler pointed out the Board does not vote on the amount of the raise given.

 “My individual overall score did not meet that ‘Proficient’ threshold, which is the standard to qualify for a raise,” Hoyler wrote. “While I have only been on the board nine months, I took quite some time with my evaluation to do my best to separate past decisions/initiatives from Dr. Williams and focus solely on Dr. Ziegler’s work during my tenure.” He went on to say “I believe Communication/Public Relations and Instructional Leadership are two of the greatest areas for improvement and continue to be two of my highest priorities as your representative. You can see the performance standards of each of these categories in the VDOE link in my first body paragraph; these performance standards are what I focused on when conducting this evaluation. I cannot speak on the evaluations from any of my colleagues, as we never share scores from each individual board member.”

Denise Corbo made comments as to why she did not give a ‘Proficient’ performance rating on Facebook on July 26.  She echoed Hoyler’s comments about communication and added putting a strategic plan in place as a roadmap to guide leadership, educators and students with goals and data to prove outcomes as a priority.  She said she has worked in the past with outstanding superintendents who have brought educators students, parents and the board together to have conversations before making district wide decisions.

“They acknowledge literacy deficits and swiftly made changes to ensure all students learn how to read,” she wrote. “They demonstrate a strong sense of leadership with the community and educators rally behind them because their actions are clearly driven by passion for the students and families they serve.”

She added “division leadership begins with the superintendent and the strategic plan is the roadmap that guides the division/school leadership, educators and students with goals and data to prove outcomes. After carefully evaluating the superintendent’s performance using the state criteria, I found evidence and data lacking in all areas to support a proficient rating.”

Dr. Ziegler’s $12,000 yearly vehicle allowance remains the same.

17 thoughts on “Ziegler gets $28K Raise; Not All Board Members Approved

  • 2022-07-28 at 4:19 pm
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    At least two of the school board members get it. I want to work for LCPS, I can do a below average job and get a large raise!!!!

  • 2022-07-28 at 4:27 pm
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    I happen to believe Dr. Ziegler is serving splendidly. There’s no need to demonize him. He’s just getting what his contract calls for. As for Mr. Hoyler, he’s hardly in a position to judge someone’s public-relations skills. He voted against an LGBT+ History Month Proclamation. He has zilch appreciation for the brave LGBT+ warriors who went before him. I wouldn’t vote for him for dog catcher.

    • 2022-07-29 at 10:36 am
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      So you are for a guy that covers up sexual assault (and more), but you are against a guy that doesn’t vote for a “proclamation.” You are messed up.

    • 2022-07-29 at 4:01 pm
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      What’s your favorite part of his “splendid” tenure: is it the staffing shortages, the runaway budget, the cover-up of sexual assaults or the declining test scores?

  • 2022-07-28 at 4:38 pm
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    Does anyone need a further example of exactly how much these corrupt establishment institutions despise The People?

    The Feds are raising taxes. The county is raising taxes. The nation slipped into a recession. Inflation is eating consumer spending alive, and here, our county embarrassment gets a fat stack raise.

    Where’s the accountability? How does the school system even have legitimacy anymore after the havoc they caused on our kids and community these last 2-3 years?

    • 2022-07-29 at 10:37 am
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      American politics are corrupt at every level. It is horrible.

  • 2022-07-28 at 4:41 pm
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    This will be the raise heard ’round the world.

    The 2023 elections can’t come soon enough to get rid of this School Board.

  • 2022-07-28 at 4:41 pm
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    Doesn’t he have a four year contract which concludes in the next term by design. Current board members continue to have no real leverage to manage the Superintendent unless the contract concludes during their term. Not hard to do if someone was interested in actually managing the Superintendent. In my opinion and experience. 🙂

  • 2022-07-28 at 5:06 pm
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    The school board continues to fail at every turn! This is simply extending the middle finger to county residents and this “Briskman Maneuver” seems to be the only thing the school board has learned in the past several years.

    Rewarding failure of government employees is what the school board does best.

  • 2022-07-28 at 5:20 pm
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    While Hoyler was recently appointed, Corbo votes to approve Ziegler’s contract and this unjustified raise. But it is much worse. All of the SB approved giving him MORE than departing Supt Williams even though Ziegler had zero experience. Who does that?! Who gives an incompetent HR stiff with no clue about instruction higher compensation than peers with 10+ years of experience (see surrounding counties). While Corbo will claim she is holding Ziegler accountable, voters must hold Corbo and the rest of the SB members accountable at the ballot box for installing him with this exorbitant compensation to begin with.

    Isn’t it interesting how Loudoun Now failed to raise any of these concerns at the time of Ziegler’s appointment even though I and others pointed them out on public sites. Boy, if only our local newspapers would act like journalists instead of parroting what LCPS and its board members say without any opposing views, maybe we wouldn’t have horrific schools.

  • 2022-07-28 at 8:04 pm
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    Oh boy….this is….interesting. Most people want this guy fired, instead he gets a nice raise. Isn’t that swell?

  • 2022-07-29 at 9:12 am
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    Very well deserved. Let’s list out just a few of his accomplishments as leader of this public school system:

    1. Teachers are leaving in masses
    2. Students are failing on the basics of reading, writing, and math
    3. Covering up sexual assaults and then lying to the public about it
    4. Giving teachers worthless coins for COVID efforts while administrators got bonuses
    5. Enrollment down
    6. Enforcing mask mandates that have been proven not to stop the spread (thankfully our newly elected governor stepped in across the commonwealth)
    7. Worrying more about the less than 1% in enforcing woke and social justice policies, which includes
    8. CRT being weaved into teaching methods and curriculum

    What a leader! He certainly deserves, what a 10%+ raise, when the teachers (those that are still here) only get a minimal increase and have to put up with these woke policies and kids ruling the hallways with no consequences while the school board dumbs down the curriculum in the name of “equity.”

    Vote all of these clowns out. I give props to the 2 that voted against this, but nonetheless, they all gotta go.

  • 2022-07-29 at 5:57 pm
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    The School Board is totally out of control. We are losing teachers left and right, we have a school administration and school board that is more interested in protecting rapists than safeguarding our children and more focused on woke indoctrination than teaching our children the skills they need in life. Add to that a corrupt judge who threw out the petitions to recall several school board members. Ziegler is only the symptom of a much deeper and sickening disease in this county.

  • 2022-07-29 at 8:02 pm
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    He deserves to be booted out for cause! He should not be getting $323,000 for destroying our schools. Fire him! Then get rid of the School Board, and the DEMs on the Board of Supervisors. They are all complicit in this insanity.

  • 2022-08-02 at 4:30 pm
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    Loudoun County….leading from behind.

    How is that I guy that lied and protected a sexual predator ( who then raped another high school girl in the girls bathroom while wearing a skirt) can be rewarded for failed leadership?

    Wow. Zieg needs to be fired along with the rest of the board.

  • 2022-08-04 at 5:04 am
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    When will the teaching profession (mostly women) wake up? Teachers are you sleeping? We realize you work tirelessly and have to tolerate restorative justice mentality, CRT and the entire gender ordeal coupled with interruptions to prevent the good students from learning but it is time to become vocal. Plumbers charge $250 to install a toilet that you buy. Yes, right there in your community. This man, a bigger comedian than the one in Ukraine collects $323,000 a year with a car allowance of $12,000. Please compare your salaries to theirs. Start with the plumber first because at least you know they have an honest job but the ethics of their charges surpass your incomes. Most professionals in most fields get 6 week vacations and more sick leave. And guess what the stinger is here? You all work hard and get rated by low scores that you can not possibly prevent. Students whose parents don’t speak or converse or read in English will never help rise those scores. You are not magicians. But yet they act like you all are failures as they permit students to return to class with the same behaviors and lollipops in their mouths. This superintendent is on a world stage for his ill behaviors and incompetencies and gets a raise. Come on women, time to be cohesive and stick together. Start your own plumbing companies.

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