Several Rome school districtwide administrative positions are receiving four-year contracts with raises of between 1 and 3% in certain years and no raises in others, among some of the 29 individual contracts recently approved by the Board of Education.
The contracts, approved by the board at its June 27 meeting, also include such categories as computer and network support specialists, school/home/community liaisons, certain central office clerical positions, public relations and senior custodians.
Contracts took effect July 1. Among details for some of the administrative/managerial positions on the list, as provided last week by school district Superintendent Peter C. Blake’s office including salaries for the 2019-20 school year plus raises during the next three years:
• Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Christopher Brewer — $134,000; 0%, 2%, 2%.
• Assistant Superintendent for Operations and Management Robert Mezza Jr. — $134,000; 0%, 2%, 2%.
• Director of People Operations Geoffrey Morton — $116,125; 0%, 1%, 2%.
• Director of Business and Finance David Dreidel — $103,500; 2%, 0%, 2%.
• Director of Information Technology Patrick Sullivan — $101,000; 0%, 1%, 3%.
• Director of Facilities III Alex Rodriguez — $97,500; No scheduled raises.
• Foodservice Manager Chris Whitmore — $84,000; 0%, 1%, 3%.
• Transportation Manager Andrew Thompson — $83,190; 0%, 1%, 3%.
Negotiations for the 29
individual contracts involved the entire Board of Education, said board President Stephen P. Hampe.
Hampe explained Blake “presented initial requests, which the board considered,” with details “then presented to the individual staff member, then finalized by the board.” He added “multiple factors were considered in determining final amounts including qualifications, experience, time in service, other benefit requests and then weighed against fiscal viability and overall equity.”
Regarding how details including pay increases were decided upon, Hampe said all of the contracts were considered individually including “weighing the staffer’s responsibilities, expertise, performance, and requests.” He noted “everyone was aware” of the school district’s “current budget situation,” commenting that low-or-no salary increases were encouraged and “the board attempted to balance that while also recognizing individual staff’s value and performance by things like adjusting other benefits or the length of the contract.”
Blake during the June 27 meeting thanked the board for its involvement in the negotiations, calling it “a tremendous lift to get this done before the contracts expired.”
The school district’s total overall employment is about 1,000. Most of its employees are covered by various union contracts through collective bargaining.