Longtime Fort Worth educator Walter Dansby was officially hired as the new schools superintendent Tuesday night. Details of his contract were released this afternoon, spelling out his compensation and duties.
Dansby will make $328,950, the same amount as former superintendent Melody Johnson, who announced her resignation from the district in May after nearly six years here. He also receives the monthly $600 car and $60 cellphone allowances she had.
In her contract, Johnson had received an annual bonus that paid for credits in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, worth $45,185.40 a year. Though she had spent much of her career in Texas, she had also spent time elsewhere and was previously superintendent of the Providence, RI., schools.
Dansby, who has spent 38 years in the Fort Worth school district, does not have that same credit built in his contract as he did not need to buy retirement credits in the state system. Instead if his evaluation meets or exceeds expectations, Dansby will receive an annual retention bonus of $10,000 to go toward a life insurance policy, annuity policy, mutual fund or any combination of the three.
The contract also notes that to date, Dansby has 101 unused vacation and personal days, which may be accrued in full. However, any further unused vacation or personal leave days accrued as superintendent are limited to a maximum of 33 days.
Here are the top base salaries for Texas superintendents in the 2010-11 school year, which does not include other perks, such as retirement benefits, bonuses or car allowances.
District Superintendent Salary
Beaumont Carrol A. Thomas $347,834
Alief Louis B. Stoerner $345,943
Dallas Michael Hinojosa $332,832
Fort Worth Melody Johnson $328,950
Spring Branch Duncan F. Klussmann $309,400
Houston Terry Grier $300,000
North East Richard Middleton $297,105
Cypress-Fairbanks David Anthony $292,736
Plano Douglas Otto $291,717
Austin Meria Carstarphen $283,412
Source: Texas Education Agency