Iowa City school superintendent contract proposal doesn't include raise

School board voted to freeze administrators' pay after budget cuts

The Iowa City Community School District Headquarters in Iowa City. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)
The Iowa City Community School District Headquarters in Iowa City. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

The superintendent of the Iowa City Community School District would not get a pay raise next year under a contract proposal that comes as the district enacts significant budget cuts.

Stephen Murley would continue to receive a base salary of $200,000 in the year that starts July 1, and his other forms of compensation also would not change, according to a copy of the contract released Wednesday.

The school board may vote on the contract June 24. The deal would run through June, 30, 2017, with the superintendent’s compensation renegotiated annually.

The school board last month voted, 5-2, to freeze the salaries of central office administrators next fiscal year. The decision was intended to have administrators share in the effects of the $3.6 million in budget cuts they plan to make starting next school year.

A vote on Murley’s contract next week, or anytime soon, would be more in line with the school board’s policy following two straight years of the process dragging on several months later than what is called for.

In addition to Murley’s salary, the proposed contract also would leave unchanged annual contributions for deferred compensation of $26,000, a $7,150 vehicle allowance and a $6,000 pay raise if he gets his doctoral degree.

The number of days Murley receives for vacation, sick and discretionary leave also would remain the same.

Murley and school board President Sally Hoelscher did not immediately return messages seeking comment Wednesday.

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