Budget Commission Asks for Documentation Before Approving School Administrator Raises
The performance-based increases are worth almost $60,000 over fiscal year 2012 and 2013.
Budget commission members did not sign off on performance increases for 14 administrative staffers in the East Providence School Department during Thursday's budget commission meeting held at city hall.
Chairman Michael O'Keefe said there needed to be satisfactory documentation to prove that staff members are eligible for the performance-based raises that are stipulated in their contracts. The only records provided to the budget commission was a blank administrator evaluation form that asks supervisors to fill out goals and objectives and success indicators.
Dialogue between Interim Superintendent Edward Daft and O'Keefe became a bit tense after the chairman said he wanted to see the completed forms for every staff member, noting goals should have outlined a year before the final review.
"There needs to be a gap of a year between the two events," O'Keefe said.
According to Charles Tsonos, East Providence School Committee Chairman, the contract increases were approved by former school committee members at the "eleventh hour" of their term. Tsonos and Robert M. Silva, current legal counsel for the school committee, attempted to obtain a temporary restraining right before the last election to give the current school committee influence the contracts but a judge upheld the former committee's decision, Tsonos said.
"Those contracts locked us in for three years," Tsonos said. "It's the city who pays."
Documents provided to the East Providence Budget Commission regarding the performance based raises:
|Name||Title||Present Salary||Contractual Salary Effective Feb 2012||Fiscal Impact FY 2012||Fiscal Impact FY 2013|
|Kelly Aherns||Director of Technology||$92,791||$96,299||$2,491||$3,508|
|Diana Clarkin||Operations Manager - Special Ed||$86,572||$89,948||$2,397||$3,376|
|Samuel Conklin||Network Technician||$49,488||$51,345||$1,318||$1,857|
|Anthony Feola||Facilities Supervisor||$57,435||$60,019||$1,835||$2,584|
|Roger Farmer||Conflict Resolution Specialist||$52,595||$54,961||$1,680||$2,366|
|Raymond Francis||Night Facilities Supervisor||$54,961||$57,435||$1,757||$2,474|
|Eric Laffey||Network Administrator||$67,709||$70,757||$2,164||$3,048|
|Raymond Linneman||Director of Transportation||$80,662||$83,888||$2,290||$3,226|
|Kenneth Lopardo||Truant Officer||$29,693||$30,807||$791||$1,114|
|Jonathan Maxwell||Network Technician||$41,912||$44,087||$1,544||$2,175|
|Elizabeth Salzillo||Cirriculum Coordinator||$86,572||$89,948||$2,397||$3,376|
|Marc Thibault||Conflict Resolution Specialist||$57,435||$60,019||$1,835||$2,584|
|Rebekah Gendron||Supervisor of Technology Instruction||$83,888||$83,888|