Florida Board of Education seals deal with Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett didn't hesitate to take the job as Florida's next education commissioner once offered the post by the State Board of Education on Dec. 12.
He started house hunting in Tallahassee the day after the unanimous vote, after making public appearances with Gov. Rick Scott in Tampa. That was before he reached terms of employment with the board.
Less than a week after the board's decision, chairman Gary Chartrand sent Bennett a letter detailing the the pay and benefits associated with the job. The board, which did not publicly discuss the specifics, gave Chartrand the power to negotiate an agreement. The commissioner does not get a contract, and serves at the board's pleasure.
The bottom line: Bennett will get a salary of $275,000 -- the same amount as his predecessor. He also will get 176 hours of annual leave, 104 hours of sick leave, and one 8-hour personal holiday each year. His insurance will be the same as all other state employees.
As Indiana superintendent of public instruction, Bennett earned just under $80,000 a year. He lost his reelection bid in November.