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Thursday, August 9, 2012

How do we get a gig like this?

Free car, too!

Apparently, Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras gets paid 204,000 taxpayer dollars annually, just for showing up,   If she does go ahead and actually what she was hired to do, she rakes in even more.
The Syracuse City School District has told 86 teachers and staff they won't have a job next year. At the same time, the school board is considering giving superintendent Sharon Contreras a $10,000 performance bonus. Contreras makes $204,000 a year but under her contract she is eligible for the bonus if she meets goals set by the board.
We suspect the only way a typical Central New York job seeker could land a deal this good is at gunpoint, which if, you think about it, is how the school boards do it.

But wait, there's more!
In addition to her salary, the district will pay Contreras up to $13,000 for moving expenses and travel to and from Syracuse until July 1 and pay half the cost of temporary housing within the city for the first 12 months after she arrives or until she finds a permanent residence.

Once she’s settled in, Contreras will be eligible for a $10,000 bonus the first year if she meets her goals and $15,000 the next two years if she meets her goals.

The district will contribute $12,000 to a tax-sheltered annuity the first year of service, $14,000 the second, and $16,000 the third year.

Other benefits:

  • 25 days vacation
  • 60 days paid sick leave and family illness leave (78 days the second year and 96 the third year)
  • Eight personal days
  • Car, or $600 a month automobile allowance
  • $300,000 life insurance policy
  • $5,000 per year for professional development
  • Full benefits for her and her dependents

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