Broward’s incoming superintendent will earn $275,000 under a contract approved Tuesday by the county School Board.
The three-year deal extended to Robert Runcie will not include some perks that were initially written into the contract like a $500 monthly allowance for expenses and a $900 car stipend. Board members raised concerns about the public perception of the benefits during a period of financial hardship.
The first draft of Runcie’s contract would have paid him $268,000, but the car and monthly allowance would have added $16,800, for a compensation package totaling $284,000.
The position was advertised as paying “around $275,000”, so board members opted to give Runcie the maximum advertised and eliminate the extras.
He will have access to a district vehicle, just as Miami-Dade Schools provides for Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
Runcie, a former chief of staff to the Chicago Board of Education, was chosen for the job in September from more than 40 applicants. In Chicago, Runcie earned close to $180,000.
Broward will pay $20,000 toward his moving expenses.
Runcie, who ran a technology consulting firm before joining Chicago’s school district, will also have the right to work as a private consultant, but must do so on his “non-duty” time like vacation or holidays. He must provide the board with notification about any such work.
He will also have 24 paid vacation days and health insurance coverage for his wife and teenage daughter. (…)
The contract also capped the amount Runcie could be paid if terminated without cause to one year’s salary. If he is terminated in the final year of his three-year contract, the district will only pay the remainder of time left on his contract.
….In a memo to board members, he indicated wanting to add two new positions to the district’s administration – a chief of staff and director of performance management.