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School Superintendent Awarded $1,380 Merit Payment

School committee approved appointments for summer school, summer sports and remaining fall sports, but final budget remains uncertain.

Stating that he met most of his objectives with flying colors, the North Kingstown School Committee gave Dr. Phil Auger a $1,380 bonus to cap his first year as school superintendent.

Committee member John Boscardin said that he believes in merit pay rather than automatic pay increases. Based on the superintendent's evaluation, conducted in executive session at the June 12 meeting, Boscardin joined a majority of the committee in approving the payment.

In other action, the committee approved Aaron Thomas as Summer Sports Camp Director at a salary of $7,201, funded by an. The committee also approved Erin Bagwell as Middle School Summer School Program Director, with a $3,000 stipend.

Looking ahead to next year, the committee named math teacher Howard Hague to the part-time position of Athletic Director. It also approved 17 part-time high school coaches and seven part-time middle school coaches, including three supported by parent and student fund-raising.

The committee approved most of the consent agenda as submitted, but voted to maintain the existing septic services contractor, Mumford and Sons of North Kingstown, rather than switching to a slightly lower-priced out-of-town vendor.

The committee approved revisions to the school policy on behavioral intervention using physical restraints.

More than a dozen speakers addressed the committee during public comment. Most implored the committee not to outsource food or custodial services, which the committee is considering to balance its budget.

Auger said that further action on the schools' budget depends on a ruling by the arbitrator reviewing a proposed contract with the North Kingstown Education Support Professionals, a final decision on the amount of 2013 state aid, and a recommendation from the Facilities Sub-Committee on whether the school system can tap unused funds remaining from a 2004 bond issue.

NK Taxpayer, too July 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
@nkgop Watch Did you just write "we would never find a qualified candidate?" Hello- there's a recession going on. There are many candidates with similar or better qualifications who would take a lower starting salary and maybe would agree to prove their ability to lead a school district before they received an automatic yearly salary increase built in their contract.
Discouraged July 09, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Excellent comment ! You are 100% correct. Our school superintendent making more than the top RI government officials is totally mind boggling. NK is a small town as compared to other much larger cities. Way out of proportion. We should combine some of RI's small towns (maybe by county) and hire one superintendent to handle a few towns.
Discouraged July 09, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I think you are living in a dream world. So you're saying we're wrong to pay such high salaries, but, we must do because other cities do. I suggest you look at other rural small towns of NK's size and see what they pay in other states.
Dark star July 09, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Excellent idea. Rhode Island has approx. 143,000 students schools and 38 superintendents. Fairfax county Virginia has 159,000 students and ONE superintendent. This state is run by unions. We all are doomed.
Discouraged July 10, 2012 at 03:07 AM
WOW !! 159,000 students and one superintendent. Now that's efficiency. How do our highly paid employees explain that? And, yes, NK's taxes will go up and up and up every year to support these unions. Changes must be made NOW !! NK is focussing all it's efforts in spending money rather than attaracting businesses to increase its tax base.

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