Exiting superintendents to receive reimbursements

With two superintendents on their way out of county school districts at the end of the 2013-14 school year, their contracts say both may receive extra cash for unused time off at the end of their terms.

Robert Grantier, Loyalsock Township School District superintendent, announced his plans to retire in September, and a search is underway for his replacement. Grantier has served as the district’s superintendent since 2010. His retirement is effective April 19, 2014.

Grantier’s contract calls for him to be reimbursed for a maximum of 30 unused vacation days at his daily rate for the year of $543. He cannot be reimbursed for unused sick days.

And as specified in Grantier’s contract, he is unable to receive health insurance from the district as he did not serve as district superintendent for at least seven years. He would have been eligible for health insurance if his superintendency had lasted seven years.

Richard Emery, Jersey Shore Area School District superintendent, also is leaving his district. He is on sick leave for the remainder of the school year, at which time he will resign. He has served as Jersey Shore’s superintendent since 2004 and has worked in the district since 1995.

A resignation agreement, a copy of which the Sun-Gazette obtained through a right-to-know request, allows Emery to receive a total of $42,205 at the time of his resignation, in addition to the salary he will receive until then. He also will be compensated for unused vacation and sick leave.

Emery will be reimbursed $400 for “accrued but unused vacation leave,” and he will receive his per diem rate of $526 for unused vacation leave for the current year.

After Emery’s placement on sick leave, any unused sick time will be reimbursed at $50 per unused day.

Emery’s total payout totals $26,355, according to the agreement.

The agreement also gives Emery a total of $15,850 on his resignation date for district longevity and retirement benefits.

For the other six county superintendents who will remain in their position, they can stand to also cash in on unused vacation time and sick leave upon retirement.

Daphne Bowers, Montgomery Area School District superintendent, is the lone superintendent who cannot receive reimbursement for unused vacation and sick leave.

Upon leaving his position in the Williamsport Area School District, Dr. Don Adams, superintendent, is able to receive $200 for each unused day of sick leave up to a maximum of 200 days. He also may receive his per diem rate for unused vacation time.

The district will pay the amount for Adams’ healthcare upon retirement. Adams must pay the district each month the maximum amount of premium assistance provided by the state Public School Employees’ Retirement System. He also must pay an amount equal to the amount contributed by the district’s education association.

Unlike former Williamsport superintendent Dr. Kathleen Kelley, who retired at the end of last school year, Adams’ contract does not include a bonus upon retirement. Kelley received about $20,000 from the district from a retirement bonus based on years of service to the district.

Lori Baer, Williamsport school board president, explained that since there is an expectation that Adams will serve as superintendent past his current contract, a bonus wasn’t included in the current agreement. She said that such a bonus could be included in future contracts.

Baer added that the board decided upon a shorter contract because of the financial uncertainty of public education. She noted that she expects more districts to look at shorter contracts so that they aren’t “locked in” to an obligation they aren’t sure they can meet as funding continues to become tighter for public education.

Dr. Mark Stamm, South Williamsport Area School District superintendent, also must pay the psora premium in order to receive healthcare after retirement from the district. He may be reimbursed $50 for each unused day of sick leave, up to a maximum of 200 days and is paid his per diem rate for unused vacation days.

The Montoursville Area School District agrees to pay Dr. Timothy Bowers, superintendent, a contribution for healthcare of $500 a month. This only is offered to Bowers if he has worked in public education for at least 35 years and has served in the district for 15 years.

Michael Pawlik, East Lycoming School District superintendent, will receive his per diem rate for unused vacation time and $100 for unused sick leave, up to a maximum of 60 days. He also receives health and dental insurance as long as he is at least 55 years old at time of retirement and has worked in the district for at least 10 years. He must pay 20 percent of the total premium cost.

The district also agreed to pay for Pawlik’s life insurance, with a face value of $50,000, at time of retirement for 15 years or until he reaches the age of 70, whichever comes first.

Dr. Portia Brandt, Muncy School District superintendent, will not receive a cash reimbursement for unused vacation and sick leave days. The value of those days will be contributed by the school district into a 403(b) tax annuity account.