Most of the cost of a revised Mansfield City Schools administrative salary schedule will be offset by administrators’ switch to Health Savings Accounts for their medical and prescription coverage.
The board of education voted 4-1 to approve the new salary schedule at a special meeting Wednesday night. The vote came after a lengthy executive session.
Treasurer Robert Kuehnle said the administrative increases are only $15,000 more than what was previously budgeted. That’s due largely to a savings of $170,000 realized by switching administrators to the HSAs, he said.
The revised salary schedule was one of four options presented to the board by Kuehnle and Personnel Director Mark Manley, whose title has been expanded to include assistant superintendent.
Both Kuehnle and Manley said the improved salary schedule will allow Mansfield City Schools to be more competitive in retaining and attracting highly qualified administrators. The average longevity for district principals is 2.8 years.
Board members Renda Cline, Sheryl Weber, Gary Feagin and Judy Forney voted for the new salary schedule. Chris Elswick voted against it, telling media afterward that he felt the increases should be implemented more gradually.
Cline and Superintendent Brian Garverick said the ability to retain and attract high-quality administrators directly impacts the district’s No. 1 priority of improving student achievement.