New Su­per­in­ten­dant Kane signs con­tract

Record Observer - - School - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools will pay Dr. An­drea Kane a base an­nual salary of $169,000 for her first year as su­per­in­ten­dent of schools. Ac­cord­ing to Kane’s four-year con­tract, she will per­form all the du­ties of her po­si­tion as set forth in the Mary­land An­no­tated Code, and the poli­cies of the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion of Queen Anne’s County, “as may be amended from time to time.” As su­per­in­ten­dent, Kane also serves as ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, sec­re­tary and trea­surer of the board. Kane will ad­vise the board, but does not carry a vote.

On June 30, the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion of Queen Anne’s County en­tered by agree­ment into a con­tract with Kane as Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools. The board met on May 23 and moved to ap­point and em­ploy Kane as su­per­in­ten­dent for four years be­gin­ning July 1, 2017. The ap­point­ment was ap­proved by the State Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools.

Kane, who is most re­cently of Rich­mond, Va., will hold and main­tain a valid cer­tifi­cate is­sued by the Mary­land State Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools as re­quired by Mary­land Law. Ac­cord­ing to Kane’s con­tract, she is at­tempt­ing to re­lo­cate to Queen Anne’s County. Her con­tract states, if she is un­able to se­cure a res­i­dence of her choice by July 1, the Board will re­im­burse for up to four months of tem­po­rary hous­ing ex­penses, at a max­i­mum amount of $2,400 per month.

A key func­tion of Kane’s role as su­per­in­ten­dent, she will “have the au­thor­ity to se­lect, hire, ap­point or rec­om­mend for ap­point­ment, pro­mote or rec­om­mend for pro­mo­tion, as­sign, trans­fer, di­rect and su­per­vise ad­min­is­tra­tors, teach­ers and other Board em­ploy­ees un­der her su­per­vi­sion in a man­ner that best serves the school sys­tem, con­sis­tent with state and fed­eral law and reg­u­la­tions.”

The su­per­in­ten­dent’s con­tract also re­quires her to rep­re­sent the school sys­tem at a va­ri­ety of gov­ern­men­tal re­la­tions and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties.

The po­si­tion of su­per­in­ten­dent is sub­ject to re­view by the board, and on or be­fore Sept. 15 of each year, the board and su­per­in­ten­dent will meet to es­tab­lish the su­per­in­ten­dent’s an­nual per­for­mance goals.

In ad­di­tion to Kane’s base salary of $169,000 for her first year — with al­lowances for the an­nual salary for each sub­se­quent year to be in­creased by an amount as de­ter­mined by the Board, and the same per­cent­age cost-ofliv­ing ad­just­ment each year granted to ex­ec­u­tive staff em­ploy­ees — other ben­e­fits the su­per­in­ten­dent will re­ceive in­clude life in­surance; 30 va­ca­tion days per year, ac­crued sick days at the rate of 15 per year, 7 per­sonal days, and hol­i­days as pro­vided to other 12-month ad­min­is­tra­tive per­son­nel; per­sonal health ben­e­fits; a ve­hi­cle and in­surance, or al­lowance for her per­sonal ve­hi­cle for trans­porta­tion re­lated to the po­si­tion of su­per­in­ten­dent at a rate of $625 per month; par­tic­i­pa­tion in the State and lo­cal pen­sion/re­tire­ment sys­tem; an­nual 403(b) con­tri­bu­tions of $15,000 plus 2 per­cent of an­nual salary for each year com­pleted; board pro­vided com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment, i.e. cel­lu­lar phone, iPad, lap­top or other per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vice and in­ter­net ac­cess/ser­vice, or an al­lowance of $450 per month; and pro­tec­tion ser­vices if war­ranted dur­ing her po­si­tion as su­per­in­ten­dent or be­cause of the per­for­mance of re­lated du­ties.

Pay­ment of an an­nual per­for­mance in­cen­tive bonus based upon the es­tab­lished cri­te­ria shall be in the board’s sole dis­cre­tion.

The con­tract of the su­per­in­ten­dent may be ter­mi­nated prior to the ex­pi­ra­tion of the four-year term by mu­tual agree­ment of the par­ties; re­tire­ment; per­ma­nent dis­abil­ity; dis­charge for cause; the Su­per­in­ten­dent’s res­ig­na­tion.

Kane at­tended her first meet­ing of the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion as su­per­in­ten­dent on July 12.

“I am ex­cited to be here,” said Kane, not­ing the num­ber of emails and drop-in vis­i­tors she has had thus far. Kane said she ap­plauds the work of the lead­er­ship team at QACPS and the work of the In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Gre­gory Pilewski, who has re­sumed his po­si­tion of as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent.

“Thank you for your trust and I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with each and ev­ery one of you,” said Kane.

A su­per­in­ten­dent meet and greet is planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, July 27, at the Ken­nard Cul­tural Her­itage Cen­ter.

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