Del Burns is no longer the highest-paid superintendent in the state.
The Charlotte Observer is reporting today that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Peter Gorman got a $18,200 bonus and $7,150 raise on Tuesday. That lifts Gorman's total package to $320,350, above the $312,790 that Burns got earlier this month.
Gorman also got a perk that Burns doesn't have. At Gorman's request, he got a new clause in his contract promising to provide “reasonable security measures” to him and his family in case of “public controversy” or any other reason.
Gorman has the discretion to decide when that security is needed.
In the article, Gorman said he's not reacting to a threat and doesn't expect to have guards following him, his wife or his daughter, a CMS student.
“It's a precaution,” he said in the article. “Everything's fine.”
Spokeswoman Nora Carr said Gorman got the idea from the contract offered to his former deputy, Maurice Green, when Green was recently hired as superintendent of Guilford County Schools. “I think in this day and age it's a wise precaution,” Carr said.
Wake overtook Charlotte as the state's largest school district last year.
While Wake school security can be found at some board meetings, no one is assigned to Burns. He doesn't have a similar clause in his contract.
Security has occasionally been assigned to school board members. For instance, security guards will walk board members to their cars after reassignment public hearings.
During the controversy over whether Stough Elementary School should be converted to a year-round schedule in 2000-01, a security officer accompanied then-board member Judy Hoffman. She apparently got some nasty threats then.