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School board extends contract for three years

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook, Nebraska, Public Schools board of education members at their monthly meeting Monday evening unanimously approved a new contract and salary increase for Superintendent Grant Norgaard.

Norgaard has completed two full years as superintendent, and his first employment contract was a two-year contract that is set to expire June 30, 2011.

Board president Tom Bredvick said this morning that last year the board extended Norgaard's contract until June 30, 2012, but has now offered a new three-year contract that will continue from June 30, 2011 through June 30, 2014.

Norgaard's current salary, negotiated last year, is $133,051 plus a Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance package valued at $15,600. Norgaard's new contract increases his salary for one year by $4,000. The cost of the insurance package does not increase, Bredvick said, nor do contract terms regarding such things as vacation, days off and sick days change.

The salary increase represents a 2.69 percent increase over last year.

Norgaard's salary will be reviewed annually in June throughout the new three-year contract.

"It was a good confidence vote," Bredvick said of the 5-0 vote cast by board members to offer Norgaard the three-year contract. "I'm excited for him, and for our district."

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$130K plus 15K for insurance is a good buy for this position. Grant has done a nice job thus far. Hope he sticks around and does not make the jump to a higher pay check and bigger school.

-- Posted by dennis on Wed, Jun 15, 2011, at 8:51 AM
Response by Bruce Baker:
Are the ones that are staying here merely for the pay level, really the ones we want?

I don't know that I am intending to start an entire discussion and based on how the current world works, I don't really disagree with you dennis, but I still think administrative pay needs to be reined-in somewhat.

I just don't see how we as a society can sustain this pay system and expect to turn out quality students. I realize what a difficult position a given administrator has, I do not want to take that away from them, but I don't see how they are worth $130,000 plus benefits compared to the average 30-40,000 a tenured teacher makes. These are just thoughts.

I will say he has done his job when he finally finds new and exciting opportunities in a different location for a certain high school administrator or administrators.

-- Posted by speak-e-z on Wed, Jun 15, 2011, at 1:37 PM

Well, Mr. Dennis, last time I added 133,051 plus 4000 equals just slight more than 130K, more like 137,051. Just a mear $7051 more than 130K. But whos's counting those little increments of only 7000.

Do you realize that there some elderly living on that 7051 for a year? Come on math isn't that hard.

High time that ALL government agencies, from federal to local start to remember that the senior citizens have for the last 2 years received ZERO increases in Social Security and same for many other retirement payments.

We still get the unfunded mandates from the federal government and now we get shorted from the state on educational funding, so who makes up the shortages? Local taxpayers again. Dear old Whiney Hiney our dear no state tax increases governor, likes to remind anyone that will listen that he has not raised taxes, yea right, not state taxes anyway.

Just like speak -e-z says time to rein in some of these very generous wages for administrative pay. Plus almost 16 grand for insurance. I think he is making a very generous wage for McCook. Next year the same increase that retirees or the military receives would be more in line.

-- Posted by goarmy67 on Wed, Jun 15, 2011, at 6:50 PM

Clearly the compensation of an administrator is well above that of the average Nebraskan. As Wondering said, it is a generous wage for McCook. However it is not out of line for the position compared to what other administrators in like sized schools make. A recent example is that McCook's curriculum coordinator took the same job in North Platte this spring and will make about what the McCook supt is making. Mr. Baker's comment is well taken however if any of the McCook school employees are staying merely for the pay level, they could increase their pay level by moving to a different school in Nebraska or another state as Nebraska is one of the lower paying states for educators.

-- Posted by dennis on Thu, Jun 16, 2011, at 12:54 PM

The wage of a school administrator is no surprise to me, nor should it be to anyone. It is public knowledge. If you have the right tools and complete the appropriate schooling, you too can be an administrator. I can say with certainty that the job is not for everyone. It is grueling to the psyche. It takes a great deal of leadership and the ability to handle more criticism than average. It is a job that is likely absolutely thankless and one in which is is nearly impossible to be liked by everyone. It seems to me like it takes a special kind of person to be able to remain in one administrative position for any extended period of time. There are two sides to that spectrum though: you can remain there because you are very good, or because you are a low performer (reference the book "Results That Last") and no one can do anything about you (see my comment above)!

That said, I am referring to administrative pay throughout the USA, not just here in Nebraska. If our benevolent and omnipotent government is to continue to control all tax monies, and they continue to decrease the numbers of those monies spent on education, how can we sustain the pay of administrators and expect to still pay decent teacher wages and turn out well-educated students having provided them with adequate tools to learn (i.e. books, computers, etc.) I keep thinking of the idiom "Too many chefs spoil the soup." or "Too many chiefs and not enough indians." I apologize if that last one is culturally offensive.

Back to agreeing with you though, we have to at least maintain similar pay scales to other places. This applies not just to the schools, but also to the city salaries, etc. I have read long discussions on here about salaries for the city positions and I can't help but think that if I was the person applying, I would go where the money is competitive.

-- Posted by speak-e-z on Thu, Jun 16, 2011, at 1:59 PM

I think I'm going to go back on what I said a little. I realized something after thinking more about it. I don't think I agree anymore about the "cutting funding" to education. I think we just haven't raised it as much as some would like. Moreover, to say we haven't raised taxes so that we cannot fund more is also not quite true. Its kind of like saying we haven't levied more taxes here in McCook. As long as the assessor keeps doing his/her job of assessing values as more than what they really are, the government gets to collect more tax dollars without "raising" taxes. Gov't can say they haven't raised taxes, but they keep collecting more money based on assessment values that keep going up.

That's off topic, back to administrator pay: to give an administrator a meager 3% raise doesn't seem so bad right? Especially when the teachers are getting a 3% raise as well. Do the math though and figure out what 3% of $40,000 is compared to 3% of $130,000 is. We have gone from paying administrators 1.5x a teachers salary to 2.5x and its ever-widening.

-- Posted by speak-e-z on Mon, Jun 20, 2011, at 3:37 PM

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