Loudoun County School Superintendent Eric Williams is about to get a $25,000 raise.
The School Board is poised on Tuesday to unanimously approve a contract extension for the superintendent out to 2022, and up his pay by 9 percent. The meeting agenda shows the contract on the board’s consent agenda, which means it will likely pass without public debate or discussion. The board gave Williams a performance evaluation during a closed meeting in May.
The contract promises a compensation package of $327,000, which includes a base salary of $285,000. He would also continue to receive a $12,000 annual car allowance and a $30,000 salary deferral, money that he can receive as taxable compensation or elect to deposit into supplemental retirement accounts, according to the contract.
It also includes a longevity bonus of $20,000 if he stays another four years and promises automatic raises when the board approves raises for the rest of the division staff members and Williams receives a stellar evaluation. That raise will be the weighted average percentage increase for all employees.
Williams was hired in 2014 following the retirement of Edgar B. Hatrick, who led the school system for 23 years. He was hired on a four-year contract that included a compensation package of $347,201 ($14,400 of which was one-time pay to cover moving expenses) and a base salary of $240,000.
If the board approves the pay raise, this will be the second time since Williams was hired that he received a raise and a contract extension. In 2016, he received a $14,000 raise and a two-year contract extension.
Still, Williams’ pay check is smaller than other superintendents in Northern Virginia. Prince William County Superintendent Steven Walts’ compensation package is $413,856, with a base pay of $307,007. Scott Brabrand, the superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, the largest school division in Virginia, receives an annual salary of $290,000.
Williams’ pay raise is scheduled to begin July 1.