Maria Geryk center, John Musante left
The race between the town's two highly prized thoroughbred greyhounds for Best In Show employment contract continues, although now there will be a five-year lull.
Actually six years, since the School Superintendent's is good for five but if the Regional School Committee does nothing in the fifth year it automatically continues for one addition year.
And our Regional School Committee is nothing if not "do nothing."
Not really a photo finish since School Superintendent Maria Geryk wins by a length, with a salary of $147,000 vs Town Manager John Musante's $142,100. Although in solidarity with a tough budget year Ms. Geryk decided to forgo any raise of cost of living adjustment in the coming year.
Ms Geryk's salary is only about 10% higher than the runner-up employee in the schools, ARHS Principal Mark Jackson at $135,000. While Mr. Musante is more like 45% higher than #2, Assistant Town Manger David Ziomek at $97,904.
If the committees who make these contract decisions (Select Board for Town Manager, Regional School Committee for Superintendent) really wanted to make the top dog responsive to the consumers who fund these high paying jobs, perhaps they should come up with a matching fund strategy:
Half the annual salary is guaranteed and the other half has to be raised by private donations, presumably by satisfied consumers. Set up an indiegogo program, or put a Paypal donation widget on the town and school's website.
Heck, I would give them a couple bucks. Maybe.