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Helmut Schmidt, Published April 09 2013

Fargo School Board offers Superintendent Schatz $5K raise

FARGO – The Fargo School Board voted 9-0 on Tuesday to offer Superintendent Jeff Schatz a two-year contract to lock him in after his first year leading the district.

Schatz will be offered a salary of $175,000 for the first year of the new contract, which is $5,000 more a year than he earns now. It would be a 2.9 percent pay increase.

His incentive pay will increase to $15,000. His incentive pay is now capped at $10,000.

The board also agreed to increase his personal time off to 35 days a year, up from 30 days. He’ll be able to bank up to 20 days of PTO time a year, to a maximum of 260 days.

His reimbursement for expenses was set at $5,000 per year.

The contract appears to be competitive with those offered to other public school district superintendents in the region, according to information presented to the board.

The Bismarck schools superintendent earns $195,700 a year in the second year of his contract. The Grand Forks superintendent earns $213,150 a year in his fifth year on the job and gets a doctor’s annual physical. The Minot superintendent earns $170,825 a year in the second year of his contract.

West Fargo Superintendent David Flowers earns $166,360 a year, up to $4,000 toward a retirement account, plus the district picks up the cost of what would be his contribution to the teachers fund for retirement.

Moorhead Superintendent Lynne Kovash earns $154,598 a year, with a retirement account match of $4,000 to $6,500 (depending on the contract year).

Former Fargo Superintendent Rick Buresh earned $179,500 a year, with up to $16,500 in merit pay.

If Schatz agrees to the contract, it will go into effect July 1.

In other business, the board signed off on a nickel-per-meal price increase for breakfast and lunch at the elementary, middle school and high schools to cover higher costs tied to federal requirements to use healthier ingredients.

Breakfast prices for 2013-14 will go to $1.40 for elementary students; $1.50 for secondary students; and $1.90 for adults.

Lunch prices will go to $1.90 for elementary students; $2.05 for secondary students; and $2.70 for adults.

Milk prices will remain at 35 cents.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583