Mr. Roosevelt was hired at a starting salary of $165,000, and annual raises of $15,000 have boosted his pay to $225,000 for the current school year. One official said the new [3-year extension] also could offer Mr. Roosevelt $15,000 annual raises.
Last year, the average salary of urban superintendents surveyed by the council was about $228,000. (P-G, Joe Smydo)
Without respect to our School Superintendent’s execution or leadership: aren’t Pittsburgh Public Schools still structurally cash-strapped from an operating standpoint? Isn’t the economic recovery post-natal? Would not the belt-tightening and frugality inflicted upon some of our schools seem more palatable if our fearless leader were to be seen to pitch in?
If board members waited until the final year of Mr. Roosevelt’s contract, state law would allow them to reappoint him without a break in service, officials said.
But some board members said they want to act now to promote stability and keep Mr. Roosevelt off the job market. (ibid)
It would be nice to know which board members. Is this like the Penguins moving to Kansas City and Las Vegas? Pittsburgh Schools Superintendent is kind of a hot gig right now — the Pittsburgh Promise, the Gates money pouring in, collaborations on all levels of government and community, a School Board which will improve with two new members who may be better fits. Why leave now?
Roosevelt did not provide a comment for the article, which is appropriate and classy. But if he happens to be concerned about ensuring his continued financial stability, I would suggest starting on his memoirs. Never too early! The dramatic and celebrated turnaround of the Pittsburgh School District should elevate his story to Best-Seller status by the time it’s ready to go to print.