Following the Money in Hillsborough: District saves despite big hires
This might require SpringBoard math to understand, but the Hillsborough County School District estimates it saved money Tuesday in spite of $1.65 million in cabinet-level appointments.
Some stayed at their current salaries, which represent raises of as much as $20,000 in 2015, when the position of area director was upgraded to area superintendent.
Anna Brown's salary of $150,000 reflects the fact that before she was named an area superintendent, she was in charge of information and technologies, and the final years of the Gates grant. Shaylia McRae was listed with a salary of $94,000 when she ran the Student Success program, so her promotion to area superintendent, with a $134,000 salary, includes a substantial raise.
It might look like a lot of money. But, in an analysis the district gave the School Board on Tuesday, officials estimate they have saved $57,726 in the general fund. (That's the main source of money from the state, and the one that bond-rating firms are concerned about.)
The savings come from holding some jobs open this year -- namely, the deputy director positions -- and eliminating high-paid jobs including area superintendent over the Elevate schools (Owen Young's old job), administrator on special assignment for Student Success (McRae's old job) and chief of instruction technology ( Brown's old job.)
This is just one component of the reorganization, which is not complete. Superintendent Jeff Eakins is working on a Phase III and could name a new Chief of Schools, to replace Larry Sykes, as early as July 19.