There are some interesting features in new Wake County Schools Superintendent Jim Merrill's contract.
For instance, Merrill can request security for him and his family. Click here to view the contract.
“In the event of public controversy or threat to the Superintendent or his immediate family arising from the Superintendent’s position with the school system, if the board or Superintendent ever deems it necessary for the protection of the Superintendent or his immediate family, the Board will provide security measures that it deems reasonable and appropriate to enhance the safety of the Superintendent and/or his immediate family,” the contract reads.
That wasn't in former Superintendent Tony Tata's contract. Click here to view his contract.
Also different from Tata's contract is that Wake has agreed to reimburse Merrill for his 6 percent annual contribution to the Teachers and State Employment Retirement System. That's worth $16,500 a year for Merrill.
Some other differences from Tata's contract includes Merrill being eligible for 96 hours a year of compensatory time and getting paid to visit Wake before he starts Aug. 1. Merrill is entitled to get $1,100 a day for up to 10 days as he comes to Wake to “familiarize himself with the school system and community.”
All of this comes on top of Merrill's $275,000 base salary.
Some things are identical to Tata's contract, including how Merrill would only get one year's pay if he's fired before his contract expires June 2017.
Wake says it's doing things like paying Merrill more than Tata to be competitive with other districts of similar size. For instance, Charlotte-Mecklenburg pays its superintendent more.