RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) –The Washoe County School Board is receiving some backlash after approving a new salary contract for Superintendent Traci Davis. News 4’s Terri Hendry dug deeper into the agreement and shares information that you as a taxpayer will want to know.
The School District’s attorney Mike Malloy explained some of the rationale and reasons behind the figures in the contract. He admits the process in approving Davis’ as Interim, Superintendent and now her salary contract has been far from perfect. The contract gives her a base pay of $238 thousand a year with benefits critics say are too generous.
He responded to the statement, Trustees didn’t dislike her or take issue with her performance and that the issues and criticisms were all about the money saying, “It is always about the money. That’s the hard part and that’s why there’s sticker shock i’ll admit that.”
Davis was named Superintendent in July of 2015 but her new contract pays her as Superintent going back to October of 2014, when she became Interim. Malloy explains she never had a contract until now and she filled two jobs– that as Deputy Superintendent and Interim Superintendent. He said, “Her position was she should be compensated for doing both jobs at the same level.”
But Trustee Nick Smith said she should only be paid as Superintendent dating to last July when she received the job. He said when she was named Interim in October of 2014, she had agreed to an additional $3-thousand a month in compensation. He said, “I don’t agree with the additional money. If she had a problem with the $3,000 in compensation, she never brought it to the attention of the Board.” He added, “It has not been my practice as a business owner and manager that we’ve done that in Interim roles and when I talk to other leaders in the area, other big business owners, they’re saying that’s not a practice they have done either.”
Smith also opposes her $800 dollar a month car allowance, plus mileage. He said Davis had asked for a new car and he doesn’t buy the argument this car allowance saves the District money. He said, “Buying another vehicle would not have been fiscally responsible when the vehicle she has is driving is a fine vehicle for her now.”
That is right, she is currently driving a District vehicle.
We asked to speak to Superintendent Davis and we were told she is out of town. If she is on vacation, her contract does allow 25 days of paid vacation and 15 days of paid sick leave.
Smith said, “I know there is a lot of anger and emotion out there from some folks over how this thing played out, but remember its not the kids who did this.”
There is worry this vote could come back to haunt the school board. The district has raised the alarm over school overcrowding. Trustees are considering asking voters to approve a bond issue to build new schools and fix old ones. However, if there is a perception they’re not being fiscally responsible, the fear is the public may not offer support.