New Chicago schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard says his salary will remain at $250,000 as approved by the outgoing school board as a temporary measure last month.
That salary was part of a short-term contract to run through June 30. The incoming board has been negotiating a final contract, which needs to be approved by the end of the month. The district is not releasing the details of that contract until after board approval.
But Brizard said Tuesday that the salary will remain at that amount for the final document.
“It's set,” he said.
The salary is about $20,000 more than that of former schools CEO Ron Huberman, who resigned in November. Interim chief Terry Mazany worked for $1.
CPS has said the salary is on par with school CEOs of large urban districts including New York City, Los Angeles, Houston and Miami-Dade. It is less than the salary of 44 Illinois superintendents from towns like Niles, Park Ridge, Schaumburg and Oak Park. The highest salary in the state in the 2009-2010 school year belonged to the superintendent for Yorkville School District 115, who received $350,154.
Brizard also said he was not opposed to having a performance evaluation tied to that contract, a condition he wants to impose on teachers.
“Absolutely; you have to lead by example,” he said.
But when asked whether he'd get bonuses for meeting performance goals, he declined to address details of the contract.
He did say, though, that while at his previous post as superintendent of Rochester schools, he donated $10,000 in bonuses to student scholarships, helping to persuade the teachers union to take a salary freeze.
In Chicago, district officials are trying to make teachers give up their annual 4 percent increase to address a $720 million deficit. The annual teacher raise wasn't included in school budgets sent to principals Friday.
CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said the new school board plans to hold a special meeting so it can vote by June 15 whether to approve that 4 percent teacher raise. The board also needs to address whether principals will get their raises--another salary increase written out of the school budget proposal last week.Copyright © 2015, CT Now