MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey has approved a contract that will make MPS Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore the third highest paid superintendent in the state. There is a clause in the contract, however, that gives Mackey authority to terminate the agreement, with or without cause, at any time as long as MPS is under state intervention.
The Montgomery County Board of Education and Dr. Moore reached an agreement on her contract Tuesday. Both sides met somewhere in the middle of their proposals, agreeing to give Dr. Moore a base salary of $215,000 for her to serve as MPS' superintendent. The two-year deal would go into effect on June 1. It includes a one-time $5,000 payment to compensate Dr. Moore for her move from Huntsville, where she was before coming to serve as interim superintendent in January. It also includes a monthly car allowance of $1,000.
According to the Alabama Department of Education's list of superintendent salaries for the current fiscal year, the only two superintendents with salaries higher than $215,000 are the superintendent in Jefferson County, $264,736, and the superintendent in Mobile County, who makes $215,332.
Four members of the MPS board approved the terms, which is the majority. However, two board members, Dr. Lesa Keith and Melissa Snowden, voted against it, because they said they did not believe MPS should be paying such a high salary for a superintendent while under state intervention partially due to struggling finances. Board Member Mary Briers also mentioned, during negotiations, that the superintendent will still have to ultimately answer to the State Superintendent of Education and work closely with the Chief Administrative Officer, while the system is under state intervention.
However, Dr. Moore presented the point that her salary would have to make good "financial sense," because she is coming out of retirement do the job and was making close to what some board members suggested while in retirement.
When asked if MPS has had a superintendent with a base salary higher than what Dr. Moore will make, he said he does not believe so.
The previous superintendent, Margaret Allen, had a base salary of $158,100. Both superintendents before her, Barbara Thompson and John Dilworth, had base salaries of $155,000. All three former superintendents had a monthly car allowance of $700. Dilworth and Thompson, who moved from other states, had moving expenses of up to $9,000. However, while all three of the former superintendents had the opportunity to receive an additional five percent annual performance-based increase, Dr. Moore's contract only allows a potential three percent increase.
State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey. approved the contract Wednesday afternoon.