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|Superintendent's $236,296 salary just the start|
|Contract includes tax-sheltered annuity, travel expenses, other benefits|
|by Lyle R. Rolfe|
Dr. Matthew A. Wendt, the new Oswego School District superintendent, is under contract for the next three years, according to the document he and school board members signed last Thursday evening.
The contract will become effective July 1, his first official day on the job.
Wendt's base salary is $225,000 but increases to $236,296 with district-paid Teacher Retirement System (TRS) contributions.
In addition, Wendt will receive a tax-sheltered annuity totaling $11,250 during the contract's first year. The initial annuity payment is equal to five percent of his base salary.
The second year of the contract, the annuity will be 7.5 percent of Wendt's base salary or $16,875 if the base is the same as for the contract's first year.
For the contract's third year, the annuity would be 10 percent of the base salary or $22,500 if the base salary remains unchanged.
The annuity will total $50,625 over the three-year life of the contract, if Wendt's base salary remains unchanged. If the board increases it in the second or third years of the contract, it will also increase.
The annuity along with interest and dividends will become Wendt's upon his retirement, according to the contract.
Also under the contract, Wendt will be paid $5,000 per year for district-related travel and mileage expenses and receive medical, dental and vision insurance.
The contract states the district will pay 80 percent of the medical and dental expenses for Wendt and his immediate family and 100 percent of his family's vision insurance.
"These costs will depend on what he is enrolling in or if he enrolls in our plan," said Kristy Kuntz, executive director of human resources for the district.
If Wendt were to enroll in a family plan, using the current rates, which will change Sept. 1, the 80 percent portion of the medical paid by the district is $15,101, and the 80 percent of the dental cost to be paid by the district is $1,041. The district's 100 percent cost for the vision insurance is $223, Kuntz said.
Wendt will receive a $100,000 term life insurance policy valued at $132 per year, and long-term disability insurance valued at $234 per year.
He will receive 25 paid vacation days, but vacations of two or more consecutive days are subject to the approval of the board president. He will be permitted to carry over up to 10 days of vacation each year for a maximum of 30 days. And at the termination of the contract he will be paid for up to 30 unused days.
Wendt also will receive 15 sick days each year, three of which can be used as personal days. Earned sick days may accumulate to a maximum of 340 days.
Kuntz said personal days roll into sick days for any day not used.
Unused sick days are used for service credit depending on the individuals need at the time of retirement. If an individual were to resign from the district, the sick days transfer to TRS. Any unused vacation time would be paid out to the individual, she added.
Wendt will receive up to $10,000 for normal and customary expenses to relocate in the Oswego School District, provided he submits receipts verifying all expenses.
The contract says, "The board encourages Wendt to undertake consultative work, speaking engagements, writing, lecturing or other professional duties and obligations to further his professional growth as long as such activities do not interfere with Wendt's performance of his duties under the agreement."
Once a year he will be required to obtain a comprehensive medical exam at the district's expense and must provide the board with a copy of the physician's exam results certifying Wendt's competence to perform his job.
goals listed in contract
The contract includes a list of performance-based goals the board has set for Wendt. The goals are:
By Sept. 1, he must provide the board with a bi-weekly status update in written form expressing issues and progress toward goals and between Sept. 1 through May 31, 2013 he must visit every district school at least four times.
Every 90 days after Oct. 31, he must develop and present to the board and the community, a quarterly state of the district report including data on standardized testing and other metrics that show student improvement within the district and comparison to other regional schools and state averages.
By Dec. 31, he must develop a comprehensive communication plan that is repeatable and sustainable for students, parents, staff, community members and non-governmental agencies that measures and identifies academic and extra-curricular achievements as well as alerts parties to upcoming changes, forecasts further needs and seek support as needed from different entries.
By Feb. 28, 2013, he must develop and present to the board, a plan to prepare students, parents, teachers and administrator for the successful implementation of the Common Core Standards and the Performance Evaluation Reform Act within the government set deadlines.
Also by Feb. 28, 2013, he must complete an assessment and report back to the board on the cost and student achievement effectiveness of up to four district programs that he and the board must agree by this coming July.
He also by Feb. 28, 2013, must review and recommend to the board, academic curriculum improvements that will assure that the high school graduation requirements exceed the state minimum requirements on a phased-in basis at the start of the 2013-14 school year.
By March 31, he must develop a Strategic Plan that includes parents, teachers and staff and focuses on improving ACT test stores and scores on other current standardized tests and participation in Advanced Placement exams.
By April 30, 2013, he must review and refresh the district's strategic plan for growth and efficient use of district facilities and identify new and alternative sources of revenue to help fund future equipment and facilities needs.