That’s according to Springfield Public Schools Chief Communications Officer, Azell Cavaan.
The contract is a 22% reduction in the Superintendent’s salary, pushing out a $15,000 per-year annuity that was a part of former Superintendent Alan Ingram’s contract and abolishing an automobile allowance, which totaled $7,800 annually.
The school committee was able to negotiate Warwick’s salary at $198,500 a year which is $58,523 less than the 2012 base salary that Ingram had negotiated.
Warwick’s salary compensation plan includes a cost of living adjustment of two percent annually and up to an additional three percent for performance annually.
Under the contract negotiated by the former Springfield Control Board, the former Superintendent compensation rose from $192,850 in 2009 to $212,778 in 2012.
“What we have crafted is a no frills, ‘what-you-see-is-what-you-get’ contract,” said School Committee Vice-Chairman Christopher Collins. “We wanted to be conservative with taxpayer dollars while at the same time putting together a contract that was fair to the Superintendent. We think we’ve accomplished both.”
Collins emphasized that the new contract includes simple salary compensation as opposed to a “base” compensation plan that is filled out with fringe benefits such as relocation and automobile allowances.
Under the former contract, those benefits totaled about $52,500.
Warwick said he is pleased with the compensation package represented in the contract despite the fact that it is significantly less than the previous Superintendent contract.
“Well, I thought it was important to set an example for the rank and file employees and I didn’t want any fringe benefits hidden in the contract,” says Warwick. “My main ambition is to lead the district’s effort to improve student achievement. I’m not motivated by money. I consider this contract fair and reasonable.”
In negotiating the five-year contract, Warwick voluntarily agreed to a Sick Day plan that accrues earned sick days at a rate of 1 ¼ day per month, provided he does not use any sick days that month.
The plan decreases the Superintendent’s annual sick day allowance from 18 to 15. Warwick said he happily made the concession. “It’s an opportunity to lead by example,” he said.
In addition, Warwick has agreed to forgo any severance package.