Dr. Aldo Sicoli Inks with District 281

At the May 18th district 281 school board meeting, the board, by a 7-0 vote, approved a three-year contract for the new superintendent Dr. Aldo Sicoli.

281 Exposed thinks that the contract is both good and bad. Sicoli, who takes over on July 1, will be paid $174,000 for the 09-10 school year with a 2% increase over the next two years. That means a salary of $177,480 in the 10-11 year and a salary of $181,029 in 11-12. This is more money than what Stan Mack was making in the past three years.

On an up note, the amount of paid days off has been reduced from 50 for Superintendent Mack last year to 40 for Dr. Sicoli, which is more in line with neighboring districts. But, one thing stand outs to us is the fact that there are no performance incentives in the contract. 281 exposed believes this is a mistake. If the superintendent has incentives to do a better job perhaps we’d get better results. That’s what happens in the real world.

281 Chairman Tom Walsh called the contract, “transparent, fair, and in the best interest of students and the community.” Walsh added that the contract falls under the district’s strategic plan to “attract, develop, support and retain exceptional teachers and staff.”

Again, we welcome Dr. Sicoli to our district and wish him well. From what we have heard he has made a good impression throughout the area. You can judge for yourself whether or not his contract is fiscally responsible or not.

3 Responses to “Dr. Aldo Sicoli Inks with District 281”

  1. give2attain Says:

    Did you ever get confirmation regarding the ~$29,000 / yr for insurance benefits? (ie Stan and the Mrs yearly coverage cost) I have written to the HR Mgr several times and have not received confirmation or denial.

    It seemed really high when compared to my family coverage. (~$12-14,000/yr) And with RAS being self insured… Just wondering about the cost and coverage details…

    If this applies to all employees, it is some serious coin…

  2. 281 Exposed Says:

    All the details about Dr. Sicoli’s contract have not been made publc yet to our knowledge. 281 exposed was simply re-stating what the district has on their own website. We have heard, but have yet to verify, that he only gets a large health care package if he stays for nine years (or three, three-year contracts). The theory behind it is that keeping him for nine years will create continuity in the district and we won’t have to pay $27,000 for another search firm to find another superintendent. Once we have more details we will be sure to post them and remember no employees in the private sector ever get benefits like public employees. It just another of the ten million reasons why the public school system needs to be changed, reformed, or broken up.

  3. give2attain Says:

    No, I was referring to a few posts back where you said Stan and the Mrs were going to cost ~$29,000 per year for healthcare until he turns 65. Just wondering if you had confirmation or details.

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