PERRY -- Houston County school board members voted unanimously Tuesday to raise Superintendent Robin Hines’ annual salary.
The superintendent will receive a nearly $20,000 pay raise, bringing his salary to $194,000.
Hines’ salary was set at $175,000 when he was hired before the 2010-11 school year. His pay was initially set lower than previous superintendent David Carpenter’s salary due to budget constraints at the time, said board member Toby Hill, who made the motion for the raise at the board’s monthly meeting.
Carpenter was making close to $195,000 a year when he retired.
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“I believe we did the right thing at that time reducing the superintendent’s salary considerably given the time that we were in and the types of issues that we were facing -- the fact that we were asking many of our employees to take furloughs,” Hill said. “As we examined our financial prospects and also, I’d have to say, as we’ve had enough experience with Dr. Hines and found that, in my opinion, he’s the premier superintendent in the state of Georgia, I’ve asked the board to accept my motion to fund the superintendent’s position at the same level that we did in 2009-2010.”
Board members said the decision was made after a comparative analysis of other districts in the state and districts of comparable location and size. Bibb County Superintendent Romain Dallemand’s base salary is set at $198,000.
Hines is currently in the middle of his three-year contract, which is set to expire in 2013.
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