School board to consider approving new superintendent contract

Pay bumps for upper cabinet, budget update, honoring retirees also on tap

The San Ramon Valley school board is set to weigh a proposed contract with $309,664 in annual salary for Rick Schmitt, the San Diego County school administrator whom the board wants to become the district's new superintendent.

The three-year contract, which runs through June 2019, calls for Schmitt to succeed retiring superintendent Mary Shelton effective July 1, taking the reins in the San Ramon Valley district that is projected to have more than 32,000 students at the start of next school year.

Under the contract, Schmitt would be eligible for health and welfare benefits standard for all district management personnel, and he would have 225 work days each year, with 26 days of vacation with pay plus holidays as well as 15 days worth of sick leave.

He would not receive a district car nor an auto stipend, but he would eligible for mileage reimbursement for driving his car to district-related activities like other district employees. He would also receive a maximum of $10,000 for properly invoiced moving expenses, as well as a $2,000 travel stipend related to moving and preparing to become the new superintendent.

Schmitt, who was offered the post earlier this month pending successful contract negotiations, has served since 2013 as superintendent of the San Dieguito Union High School District, based in Encinitas in north-coastal San Diego County.

Working earlier in his education career in Livermore, Schmitt has spent the past 13 years with the San Dieguito district, serving as a high school principal, associate superintendent of educational services, deputy superintendent and, most recently, superintendent.

The Schmitt contract is among a group of items set for the school board's open-session meeting, scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. at the district administrative complex, 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

In other business

* The board will consider giving 5.07% raises to members of the superintendent's cabinet, retroactive to July 1 -- the same salary increase percentages provided to other district employees earlier this spring.

Gary Black, assistant superintendent of facilities and operations, will see his annual salary increase to $226,891.

Toni Taylor, assistant superintendent of educational services, and chief business officer Scott Anderson will have their 2015-16 salaries retroactively increased to $205,799. Both are eligible for 5% longevity increases at the start of the new school year, so their annual pay will bump up to $216,089 when July 1 arrives.

The salary for Keith Rogenski, assistant superintendent of human resources, will rise to $205,799, retroactive to his hiring date at the beginning late last summer.

* Anderson will also lead a presentation on Gov. Jerry Brown's revised 2016-17 state budget proposal and the district's budget assumptions for next fiscal year.

* The board will consider approving proposed revisions to the district's administrative regulation on special education staff and the regulation pertaining to sexual harassment.

* Board members will hear an informational report on middle school math instructional materials under consideration for adoption locally.

* They will also honor San Ramon's Iron Horse Middle School as winner of the middle school "Battle of the Books," recognize the Community Advisory Committee Bright Light Awards and receive an update on regular activities and programs at Alamo's Rancho Romero Elementary School.

* Before the regular meeting, district officials and board members will host a ceremony to honor employees who have retired or will retire in the 2015-16 school year. The retiree reception will start at 6:30 p.m.

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Posted by Frank
a resident of San Ramon
on May 24, 2016 at 4:39 pm

Wow-$309,600 is a big increase from the current superintendent (around $260,000?). It is also interesting to note the other cabinet increases as these are the same people who bargain against the unions, but then receive the same raise that they bargained "against". Is that a conflict of interest?

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Posted by teacher
a resident of Danville
on May 24, 2016 at 7:43 pm

FRANK, thanks for noticing that. The admins. at the district office have guaranteed raises in place. Teachers must fight for raises. Teachers do not have much respect for the district office and our Board, especially Marvel, they are the "enemy" in the opinion of many.

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on May 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm

$309,000 a year just in base salary, not including all the extra perks and allowances, insurances, etc., from a school district that constantly claims they have no money and need numerous parcel taxes to stay afloat? This school board needs to go! I will never vote for any more parcel taxes from a district that spends like they are Bernie Sanders constituents.

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