Superintendent Eric Williams is getting a $14,000 raise after the Loudoun County School Board voted Tuesday to extend his contract to 2020.
The contract promises a compensation package of $357,800, including a base salary of $260,000. He also receives 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.
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.
That original contract was not up for another two years, but Chairman Eric Hornberger (Ashburn) said the board wanted to let the superintendent know they were happy with his performance and they want him to stick around.
“We want to convey to him that we think he’s doing a fine job, we want him to stay, and we don’t want him looking for another job,” Hornberger said.
So, in a unanimous vote Tuesday, they adopted a new four-year contract that extends to 2020, and awards Williams a 5.5 percent raise over his current pay. It also includes a longevity bonus of $20,000—paid out over four years—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.
Hornberger noted that Williams’ pay is comparable to that of superintendents who lead similar sized school systems and is in fact lower than other superintendents’ in Northern Virginia.
Prince William County Superintendent Steven Walts just got a big pay hike and now earns a compensation package of $413,000, the most of any school leader in the commonwealth. Karen Garza, the superintendent of schools for Fairfax, who oversees the largest school division in Virginia, receives an annual salary of $300,000, plus $25,000 in annual retirement savings, a $2,000 monthly housing allowance, and the use of a vehicle, laptop and cell phone for professional and personal purposes.