The Loudoun County School Board voted Tuesday to give Superintendent Eric Williams a raise and a two-year contract extension.
The new contract extends to 2022 and includes a $327,000 compensation package with a base salary of $285,000. That’s a $25,000—or 9 percent—increase over his previous contract, which was signed in 2016. The compensation package also comes with 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.
The one dissenting vote on adopting the new contract was School Board member Eric DeKenipp (Catoctin). He initially made a failed motion to increase the superintendent’s pay by 4.5 percent, instead of 9 percent. “He’s doing a good job, but it should be closer to what raises teachers are getting,” he said.
Eric Hornberger (Ashburn) pointed out that the superintendent is not making a 9 percent jump in one year. Williams has been receiving incremental annual raises each time the board approved raises for the rest of the division staff members and when he’s received stellar evaluations, as per his contract. Personnel evaluations are not made public.
The new contract promises the same conditions. [See the full contract here.]
Tom Marshall (Leesburg) said that the raise is justified because Loudoun County Public Schools is competing with other school divisions for good superintendents. “It’s a competitive market.”
“It’s a negotiation, too,” Debbie Rose (Algonkian) added. “That means two parties present different positions and you come to one in the middle.”
Hornberger also pointed out that Loudoun County pays its superintendent far less than most in the region who are leading similar size school divisions.
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 base salary of $290,000.
Williams said in an interview after the vote that he’s especially thankful for a contract extension.
“I’m very appreciative of that. I love my job and I’m thankful to get to continue the important work that we’re doing.”
Williams was hired in 2014 following the retirement of Edgar B. Hatrick, who led the school system for 23 years.