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Gilmanton has agreed to pay superintendent $50k for 2 days a week

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To the editor,

At the Gilmanton School Board meeting on Tuesday April 10 an action item was added to the agenda at the last minute by the superintendent: his new contract. The superintendent, beginning next school year, which starts on July 1, will be working only two days a week in Gilmanton. He also signed a one-year contract with Barnstead to work there for two days a week. The School Board actually voted to increase his salary for the shortened work week. Had they kept him at his ...

To the editor,

At the Gilmanton School Board meeting on Tuesday April 10 an action item was added to the agenda at the last minute by the superintendent: his new contract. The superintendent, beginning next school year, which starts on July 1, will be working only two days a week in Gilmanton. He also signed a one-year contract with Barnstead to work there for two days a week. The School Board actually voted to increase his salary for the shortened work week. Had they kept him at his current pay rate he would have been paid $43,600, but instead he will be paid $60,000. This also includes benefits that typically are paid to full-time employees, not part-time employees. This arrangement is quite unusual.

The Town of Barnstead will pay him $64,000 per year.

Additionally the School Board agreed, on a vote of 3-2, to give the superintendent a new two-yer contract.

This information has been disclosed now that the budget season and District Meeting have been completed. It is reasonable to the think that this was known to the administration and board for quite some time, thus making the budget process a farce.

If the superintendent is available only two days a week, perhaps the SAU office should only be open two days a week, or perhaps we don't need an SAU at all.

If the School Board and administration are serious about saving money, perhaps they should consider this as an option.

Joanne Gianni

Gilmanton Iron Works