MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery County Board of Education has agreed to contract details for new Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore, giving her what amounts to 36 percent more than the previous person to hold the job despite the troubled system being under state intervention.
Former Superintendent Margaret Allen was paid $158,000 when she started. New Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore will make $215,000 plus a $1,000 per month car allowance.
Negotiations were made during a special called meeting Tuesday. The originally proposed contract included a $227,500 salary with an additional car and housing allowances. Board members voiced their concerns about whether it was feasible to pay that much, given the system's current financial situation.
Even with the sale of Georgia Washington Middle School back on the track, board members said that would only help keep MPS for one year. Board President Robert Porterfield stated a salary of $227,500 would put MPS with the second highest paid superintendent behind Jefferson County - a system that is not under intervention and receives more local funding.
Board member Mary Briers called a $227,500 "ridiculous" given the current financial state and suggested $200,000 plus other expenses covered.
But Dr. Moore said making $200,000, her take-home pay would be just $2,000 more than what she makes in retirement. She said her move to be MPS' superintendent needs to make "financial sense".
The Board asked her to provide a salary that she thinks would be beneficial to her, and she responded with $217,000 without a moving allowance and a monthly $1,000 car allowance. The board countered with an offer of $215,000, a one-time $5,000 for moving expenses and a monthly $1,000 car allowance.
Dr. Moore said she needed to discuss the terms with her attorney and financial adviser before agreeing to a vote from the board. The board decided to table the discussion and vote until its regularly scheduled meeting later in the day. The subsequent vote to approve the contract was 4-2-1.
Still, it's not a done deal. Because MPS is under state intervention, new State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey will have to give final approval.