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North Hills assistant superintendents get raises with extended contracts

| Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Three assistant superintendents in the North Hills School District have new contracts with raises and longer terms, despite concerns raised by one school board member.

The board Oct. 16 extended contracts for Jeffrey M. Taylor, assistant superintendent for curriculum, assessment and special programs; Marilyn J. Cain, assistant superintendent for elementary education; and Johannah M. Vanatta, assistant superintendent for secondary education.

With the new contracts, Taylor's salary will rise from the current $111,800 to $141,930 in July 2019; Vanatta's will increase from $109,300 to $139,110.

Cain — who intends to retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year, according to her contract — will see her pay increase from $139,400 to $147,358 during her final year.

Over the course of their five-year contracts, Taylor and Vanatta will get 27-percent raises over their current salaries. Cain will see about a 6-percent increase over the three years of her deal.

Board member Jeffrey A. Meyer voted against the contracts for Vanatta and Taylor but approved the three-year deal for Cain. He was the only member to vote against the contracts.

“I just think the contract is on the rich side of the fence,” he said, adding, “I don't object to anyone trying to better themselves or provide for their family. All I'm saying is enough is enough.”

Board member Kathy A. Reid noted that Meyer had missed the discussion of the contracts during executive session, when the meetings are not public. Board member Annette Giovengo Nolish abstained on the contract vote and declined to explain afterwards, calling it a personnel matter.

Assistant superintendents from districts of similar size in the county made an average of $127,872 last school year, according to a survey done by the district, North Hills spokeswoman Amanda Hartle said.

Cain has worked all of her 47 years in education with North Hills. Taylor has 19 years of education experience, of which eight are in the district. Vanatta has worked six of her 13 years for the district.

Bill Zlatos is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-772-6353 or bzlatos@tribweb.com.

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