New Clarke County School Superintendent Demond Means will make $209,000 a year, according to the contract approved by the Clarke County Board of Education.
The contract runs from July 10, when Means starts the job, to June 30, 2018.
Means is currently superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville School District in Wisconsin, where his salary is $175,320, plus health insurance and other benefits totalling $42,352, according to an article in the Ozaukee County News Graphic.
In Clarke County, Means will also receive health insurance, employer contributions to the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia and other benefits provided for 12-month certificated administrative employees in the district.
In addition to his salary and benefits, Means will also receive a car allowance of $700 a month, membership fees in three professional organizations, membership costs for the Rotary Club and one other civic club, up to $10,000 in moving expenses, up to $5,000 for travel to Clarke County and lodging between now and July 10, and a $3,000 contribution to a tax-sheltered annuity or deferred compensation plan.
The contract requires Means to have a medical examination at least every two years. The school district will also pay “reasonable costs” to protect the superintendent and his family if “the life or safety of superintendent or his family is threatened or otherwise appears in danger” because of the performance of his official duties.
He and his family are not required to live in the county.
The contract also includes a buyout clause. If Means leaves the school district for new employment prior to the end of his contract, he must pay the district $5,000.
The man Means replaces, former Superintendent Philip Lanoue, was earning $245,000 per year plus a $750 per month car allowance. The school board had given Lanoue a substantial raise after he was named national Superintendent of the Year in 2015.
Lanoue stepped down in January after nearly eight years as Clarke superintendent.
Since then, the top county school administrator has been interim superintendent Jack Parish, a former UGA College of Education professor and administrator and a longtime Georgia county school superintendent.