Superintendent of Calcasieu Parish Schools Wayne Savoy. (American Press Archives)
Last Modified: Friday, September 07, 2012 5:01 PM
Calcasieu Parish Superintendent Wayne Savoy will not receive a pay raise on his two-year contract extension, School Board members decided Thursday.
A special contract committee, created at the last full board meeting, met Thursday evening to work on finalizing Savoy’s contract extension.
District 4 board member Annette Ballard served as the committee chairwoman and Mack Dellafosse, Clara Duhon, Bill Jongbloed and Billy Breaux were named to the committee. Breaux was not present Thursday.
Other board members participated in the discussion.
The committee went through a draft of the new contract created by Savoy and CPSB legal counsel Greg Belfour. Belfour said the draft was the old contract with “minimal changes” in order to reflected laws enacted by the 2012 Legislature.
The salary proposal for the new contract remained at $150,723.
Some board members believe the sum should be re-evaluated.
“I was wondering if we could ask staff to look at what the superintendents of the top five parishes in the state make. People that have districts with enrollments similar to ours,” Jongbloed said.
“If Mr. Savoy is in line with them, then I’m fine with that. But I think he should at least come close to the average there.”
Savoy asked the board to not look into a raise.
“I’m fine where I’m at. I want to thank you folks for thinking that the position needs to have more money, but I’m fine,” he said.
“I don’t want this to be an issue. If we’re going to give money to somebody, give it to teachers and the people that are in there every day. I’m making a good salary.”
The committee was created to keep the contract negotiation process going while waiting on guidance from the state Department of Education on newly required performance objectives.
State law requires Savoy’s contract to include a list of performance targets, created by the board, that would measure his success as a superintendent.
Savoy said the state had not provided guidance or a template for creating the performance objectives, and the committee was formed to discuss all other aspects of the contract.
Belfour gave the committee an update on the state requirement situation.
“It’s my recommendation that we move forward because I don’t expect the state will have its guidance done soon, other than in the same general terms,” Belfour said.
He said the board should write up its own performance objectives and submit them to the state without a template.
Savoy asked the board to wait to create the objectives until the school performance scores are released for the 2011-2012 school year.
Ballard said the committee will meet at least one more time to iron out the specifics of the state-required performance objectives.
“I feel like the meeting went very well. I was very pleased with the professionalism presented by all parties and with the objectives that we have laid out,” Ballard said.
“I’m confident that when we finish the targets to achieve all these objectives that the public will be very pleased also.”
The contract will go before the full board at its Oct. 2 meeting.