MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama's newest state superintendent of education, Dr. Eric Mackey, now has a contract, thanks to approval by the state school board Thursday.
But the vote was not unanimous. The board's two Bells, Stephanie Bell and Ella Bell, voted against the contract, making the final decision 7-2.
Ella Bell said her dissenting vote was cast because she has a problem with the contract's three percent pay raise year-to-year, which she points out comes even as teachers don't get an annual raise.
Board President Stephanie Bell, who was also the single dissenter in Wednesday's 2-1 vote that sent the contract to the full board, said she again voted against it Thursday because it's not "taxpayer friendly."
The 3-year contract will pay Dr. Mackey a $245,000 annual salary. He'll have use of a state-owned vehicle and a $1,750 per month housing allowance. With benefits factored in, the new superintendent will make $308,000 per year.