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Vernon Superintendent of Schools Getting a Raise

Mary Conway and the school board signed a new contract on Monday.

Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway is getting a 2.25 percent raise.

Conway and the Board of Education on Monday agreed to the increase after a short executive session and public vote. William Nicholson, David Kemp, Kyle Percy, Laura Bush and Anne Fischer all voted in favor of it.

Terri Goldich and Michelle Arn did not vote for the raise.

Amarjit Buttar attended the meeting, but had to leave early and was not present for the vote.

The increase is to Conway's base salary of $156,800 and is for the current fiscal year, retroactive to when it began on July 1.

Conway works on a three-year evergreen contract, meaning she is eligible for a renewal each year.

The way Conway is evaluated will change under the new contract. Rather than relying solely on the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education guidelines, Conway will be evaluated according to Professional Leaders Standards, on goals set by the local leadership team (Conway sets the goals with the school board) and with input from staff members, parents and the community.

Dee brock October 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Are you kidding me. Kids are without things they need, teachers buying supplies, and Dr. Conway wants to eliminate paraprofessionals. Yes I believe she deserves a raise NOT. Wow, I wonder if the board really understands what is going on in the schools.
tdm October 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I am not at all surprised by this 2.25% raise. This has been a long process with a board that does not agree collectively on the superintendent's job performance. Glad to see the evaluation process will change next time. Unfortunately there are several board members who are a bit out of touch with what the community thinks about the superintendent's job performance, which is surprising because of the survey data collected and the reconfiguration focus groups held in the spring afforded the board. And when you try to speak about it , you are told you can't. Rumor has it that several key central office administrators received up toward 4% raises this time around. With tight school budgets nationwide, it would be my hope that administrators who are already making large salaries would be a bit more willing to hold the line so more money could be provided to classrooms and students directly. Budget season is right around the corner. It should be an interesting process to follow.
Kris Viens October 23, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Pretty ridiculous when Vernon schools are failing. Yes, teachers are buying supplies for students & need paras to be helping out!
ILOVEVERNON October 23, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I am sure she is working very hard, but we are all, and for her to get a raise at a time when our school system is on the decline just seems a little outrageous to me. If things were getting better it would be a different story.
J October 23, 2012 at 02:25 PM
This is terrible. When schools are failing, students are suffering, teachers are buying their own supplies, and no other Town Employees are receiving a basic cost of living increase, due to budget issues - and a raise? at that rate of pay already??? And the Board of Ed and the Superintendent claim to care about the children???????
Danno October 23, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Seems odd to me to think that 156K is not a threshold. How could you possibly think that you need more money when you already make so much? There should not be a raise in a time where private and public sector employees are held without raises for the last 2-3 years, some maybe more. The raise is unjust.
meowkats4 October 23, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Yep too late she is getting the raise no matter what the tax payers say! Just remember when election time comes up for our town council members who voted to pass your Tax Dollars on to issues you didn't want or agree with!! Remember you voted and elected these Town Council Members to represent you.
Paul Stansel October 23, 2012 at 03:50 PM
And you need to understand that 156k is NOT her total compensation. She receives a very hefty annuity on top of that. Last year her raise was to both the salary and annuity amounts. Her actual total compensation is significantly higher.
meowkats4 October 23, 2012 at 04:11 PM
So sad that many Tax Payers all over don't even know what is really going on behind the scenes of government offices. The media only tells us pieces of news and never gives us the whole picture or "FACTS"! Where are those good investigative REPORTERS that dig into issues that release full stores and what is really going on!
VernonParent October 23, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Vernon Schools are failing but thats O.K the superintendent is getting a raise. You got to be KIDDING!!! Students are going without and teachers are spending out of pocket for classroom supplies because the budget doesnt support it. What has happened to this town..... watch out people are taxes will be going up once again to support her raise. The school system is failing miserably but hey who cares give her a raise.... shame on those of you who voted "yes". Put her raise back into the schools and maybe the teachers for one can stop buying supplies out of hand. Or hey lets put that extra money to use to get our children up to speed and get the school system back to passing. Something is very wrong with this picture...... but hey maybe we all need to put the blindfold on, maybe it will be easier to swallow this nonsense.
ILOVEVERNON October 23, 2012 at 06:41 PM
How do we find out what that amount is? I have gone from mad to fuming mad now. I would really like to know the justification behind giving her a raise.
Paul Stansel October 23, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I assume the annuity amount is public record. Chris can certainly report it. But tack on around $30,000 and you have the general ballpark.
meowkats4 October 23, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Was this a rush to push through the raise before the New Rules take effect? When: Conway will be evaluated according to Professional Leaders Standards, on goals set by the local leadership team (Conway sets the goals with the school board) and with input from staff members, parents and the community. Kinda looks like the "Community" is not happy today with the raise ?????
dcharles October 23, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Unbelievable!!!! So typical for this Town...I'm getting so sick of it! I am truly so disgusted with the Vernon school system; and my daughter doesn't even want to go to RHS, wants to go out of town. Her brother goes to RHS and has already told her to stay away!!
ILOVEVERNON October 23, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Shouldn't a pay raise be approved at the time the budget is approved? Where exactly is this money coming from? It is time to look into magnet schools. Not happy is an under statement !!!! She better do something to earn this !!!!!!!!
BRIAN TRASKA October 23, 2012 at 08:44 PM
PRIVATE SCHOOL HERE i COME
BRIAN TRASKA October 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Sorry about the caps lock. East Catholic looks more appealing by the day, at least I have 15 more years to save.
Chris Dehnel (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 08:49 PM
There is a request in for the contract once it is set up electronically. It was just signed last night.
John Dolle October 23, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I am sure she will donate generously to the Hockanum Valley Food Pantry.
Jean October 23, 2012 at 11:31 PM
show up at school board meetings and complain about administrative raises when teachers are buying school supplies with their own $$! When you vote for school board members, make sure they have children in Vernon Public Schools....
Brian Motola October 23, 2012 at 11:34 PM
meowkats4, it was the Board of Education that voted on and passed the raise. Not the Town Council
Chris Dehnel (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Vernon Patch regularly posts previews of the Board of Education meetings and highlights key agenda items like the public comment opportunities and pending discussions of the superintendent's salary. Here is a link to the one that ran on Monday. http://patch.com/A-yPWm
Jack Smith October 24, 2012 at 12:56 AM
William Nicholson, David Kemp, Kyle Percy, Laura Bush and Anne Fischer need to be voted out. Giving her a raise, is just rewarding her poor performance. What would your boss say to you, if you asked for a raise after having her performance record???
Cathy October 24, 2012 at 03:42 AM
In this age of "accountablity" I would think that any raises for administrators would be linked to student test scores, just as our state is moving toward a teacher evaluation system that judges teachers based in part on student test scores. Several principals in our district were fired or reassigned because their schools were 'failing'; how, then, does our superintendent deserve a raise when the entire district is considered to be failing? Why does our assistant superintendent have a job when we apparently went for several years without a language arts curriculum? Why does the principal of RHS have a job when he has yet to apologize to parents and students for embarassing the district with his DUI arrest this summer (he was reportedly supposed to offer public apologies as part of his continued employment). We have a major accountablity problem in this district, and it starts at the top. A raise? you have got to be kidding.
Nurse2u October 24, 2012 at 05:34 AM
How can that raise be ok? Especially when you pay your school nurses peanuts for taking care of the well being of all the students and staff. Share some of your salary with the nurses who keep these kids in your schools safe
ILOVEVERNON October 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM
When I saw that I was kind of hoping it would be to discuss not renewing her contract, not giving her a raise.
tdm October 24, 2012 at 04:34 PM
The Superintendent's Contract has been on numerous agendas since July I believe. The community needs to start attending the board of education meetings and speaking up. If you can't go follow the agendas and minutes on the district website. Send letters to board members. Not all board members are agreeing to these things, but there are too few who want to ask hard questions and make hard decisions, and hold leadership truly accountable. It is time to vote some new ideas (people) to the table.
Nancy Krupienski October 24, 2012 at 07:51 PM
It may have been the Board of Education that passed her raise, but where does this money come from? When I asked the Town Council to allow her to raise the BoE budget up for school improvements the majority of the Town Council said NO!. But we constantly find money for these giant raises and annuity payments? Sorry but this is wrong across the entire administration!
Paul Stansel October 25, 2012 at 02:30 PM
What's really ironic is that if you look at the CMTs from last year, the 2 schools that fired their principals had both gone up and all the others had gone down.

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