The board voted 6-0 on Tuesday to extend Superintendent Lembeck’s contract through June 30, 2017. The board also approved giving the superintendent a raise of about 20 percent in base salary — from $165,067 to $198,081.
Although the contract issue was listed on the board’s “Discussion Agenda,” the only discussion of the matter was which member would make the motion to approve the contract. Board member Jeriene Bonner-Grimes made the recommendation.
Lembeck said having the board’s support is very meaningful.
“It’s wonderful to have their support,” she said. “I look forward to working with them, and it’s very gratifying to know I have their confidence. It’s very, very special being the superintendent of Marietta City Schools. I’m just proud to serve.”
Randy Weiner, board chairman, said he was elected to the board in 2006 — the same year Lembeck was appointed superintendent.
“When I came on to the board, we had parents leaving the school district for either private or county schools. And one of our big focuses is to have our system be the school system of choice for families. … We’ve seen our schools improve, most specifically (Marietta Sixth Grade Academy). Parents were running from the school eight years ago. Now, parents are running to the school. It’s very well received in our community. It’s one of our highest performing schools,” he said.
Lembeck’s new total salary is $252,137.68, according to district spokesperson Sommer Vega. The total salary contains several different benefits. Lembeck will receive $4,866.24 in health insurance and $776.16 in dental insurance each year — neither of which saw an increase from her previous contract.
The superintendent also receives $15,000 each year as an “administrative supplement.” Lembeck said these funds cover the costs of her carrying out her duties as superintendent. For example, she isn’t given a car allowance, so the funds help pay for transportation costs, Lembeck said. She received the same supplement in her previous contract.
As part of the compensation package, Lembeck receives $15,914.28 toward her state Teacher Retirement System account, which saw an increase from $13,516.56 in her previous contract — a difference of about $2,398. The board also agreed to pay $10,000 each year to a tax sheltered annuity. Erin Franklin, the school system’s director of finance, said the tax sheltered annuity is similar to a 401(k).
The superintendent is eligible to receive a $7,500 performance bonus if she meets goals outlined by the board at the start of each school year. Lembeck’s bonus was $5,000 in her previous contract. Weiner said Lembeck has qualified for the performance bonus every year since becoming superintendent.
Lembeck said the school system, and education as a whole, has changed significantly since she’s been superintendent.
“I think what I have had the good fortune to do is to be able to help lead at a time of great transition and change. The teaching profession has changed. The way students learn has changed. The way schools can be structured has changed and will continue to do so. So, the work is energizing. And what I’ve been proud of is that we’ve been able to keep many of the great traditions that make Marietta special, (while) at the same being future-focused on what our students are going to need to be able to do when they leave us,” she said.