It is unfortunate that there has been inaccurate information spread through various media regarding our high school principal position. In presenting the truth, I should first offer some perspective.
In spring 2012, I presented the Cloverleaf Board with a list of potential cuts
. Among them was a cut of the high school principal position. The board opted for that cut due to the fact the district would save a significant salary in a time of financial crisis.
In order to make the cut work, we changed the two remaining high school assistant principals into co-principals. Since both were on 214-day contracts, it was necessary to add 10 days to each of their contracts so we could have administrative coverage in the summer for routine organizational responsibilities -- just as the former principal served in that capacity with a 260-day contract.
The board understood this would be a temporary solution, as I was anticipating one of the co-principals would retire within two to three years. With that co-principal announcing her retirement this spring, I recommended to the board on May 29 that we return to a head principal structure, but with only one associate principal.
Some have made it seem as if we are adding a principal position with passage of the levy. That is absolutely not the case. Cloverleaf High School will remain at two principals. Each will have different responsibilities than in the temporary co-principal structure.
What’s the difference in cost between the two structures? Because we can now eliminate the extended contracts necessary in the co-principal model, changing to a head / associate principal model costs the district an extra $4.10.
In fact, here is the financial implication of the decision to go to a head principal / associate principal structure:
Retiring co-principal base salary: $84,133
Retiring co-principal 20 extended days for the
2013-14 school year to provide summer
coverage (other co-principal is receiving
0 extended days in 2013-14 and beyond): $7,862.90
Total co-principal salary (2013-14): $91,995.90
Total new principal salary (2014-15): $92,000
Amount extra the district will pay to have
a head principal/associate principal structure: $4.10
How do we compare to other districts? Cloverleaf’s new high school principal will be earning over $4,700 less when compared to the same position in Medina and Summit counties, and over $4,000 less when compared only to our neighbors in Medina, Brunswick, Highland, Buckeye and Wadsworth. These comparisons include each district’s retirement contribution to the position. The retirement plans are structured similarly to one another and to the majority of districts across the state.
Our district has succeeded due to great teachers and staff working with great administrators. It is unfortunate that some discredit the leadership role of some very talented administrators in Cloverleaf’s success. I am fortunate to work with all Cloverleaf employees who are so dedicated to the students of this great district.
Until next time … Go Colts!