The Appoquinimink School District Board of Education has renewed the contract for Superintendent Matthew Burrows for five years, giving him a salary increase each year.
As of July 1, Burrows was making $175,000 a year. His salary increase in the contract, approved unanimously by the school board, will be $2,000 a year for each of the five years.
Burrows makes more money than Gov. John Carney. The governor’s salary is $171,000 a year, said his spokesman Jonathan Starkey.
School Board President Richard Forsten gave the superintendent’s salary information during the Dec. 12 school board meeting after the board approved the contract.
“I will also say for the record that the board is very pleased with the performance of the superintendent. They see him doing a terrific job,” Forsten said.
The board also approved contract renewals for administrators and teachers. But, so far, the district won’t release any of the contracts to the Transcript.
“We first have to make all the changes to the collective bargaining agreements, get them signed and out to a printer before we will be able to provide a contract,” Matt Fallis, director of human resources.
Copies of the contract “will be distributed to the union members when we complete this process. I am guessing it will not be done until late January. We will have approximate 850 printed up just for the teachers and to have on hand for new hires,” Fallis said.
Richard Forsten and Burrows haven’t signed the contracts. Fallis expects that to happen at the January board meeting.
A spokesman for the teachers’ union didn’t respond to emails before the Transcript’s deadline Tuesday.