The City of Newton Superintendent of Schools after begging the taxpayers to raise their property taxes by $11,000,000 to pay for school projects, decided his meager $251,923 annual compensation was not enough. He has since signed a four-year contract being paid a 10% raise. Did you or anyone you know get a 10% raise?? He now receives $246,918 plus $29,748 in fringe benefits including payments into an annuity, a life insurance reimbursement and a car allowance. This brings his annual compensation up to $276,666. One has to wonder if the Newton, MA residents would have been so eager to raise their own property taxes with a Proposition 2 ½ vote at the pleading of the mayor and superintendent of schools, if they knew the same two public servants were going to raid Newton’s treasury after the vote.
Would the Newton Public Schools have been better off halting the Newton Public Schools Superintendent’s raise and spending the $25,000 on the children he was hired to serve?