Superintendent, top aides given 1.13% salary raises Increases are in line with those negotiated by county teachers union

June 27, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Howard County schools Superintendent Michael E. Hickey has been given a 1.13 percent salary increase for next year by the school board, about the same size as the raises negotiated by teachers and other school employees.

Hickey's four top administrators also were granted 1.13 percent pay raises, and other central office employees likely will receive about the same amount, said schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan.

The raises go into effect Monday, when the new fiscal year begins. They were approved by the county school board this month in executive sessions but were not announced until yesterday.

Hickey's annual salary goes from $120,380 to $121,740. The salaries of the four associate superintendents -- Sydney L. Cousin, Sandra J. Erickson, Maurice Kalin and James R. McGowan -- increase from $96,130 to $97,216.

"We felt the superintendent and the associate [superintendents] should not receive any more than any other school system employee will receive," said Susan Cook, the board's chairwoman. "To give the highest-paid employees a higher percentage than any other employees would be extremely unfair."

The unions representing teachers and other school employees negotiated complex salary agreements for next year that essentially result in average pay raises of about 1.13 percent, Caplan said.

Last year, Hickey and the four associate superintendents received 4 percent raises -- the same as teachers and other employees. In 1993-1994 and 1994-1995, Hickey received 3 percent raises, slightly lower than the raises negotiated with other employees.

The latest salary increase -- which comes as Hickey begins his fourth four-year term as superintendent of Howard schools -- is far less than the board gave him the last time he began a new contract. Then, the board gave Hickey a 10 percent salary increase.

The pay increases for Hickey and other school employees reflect "the fiscal constraints we're under," Cook said, referring to the school system's tight operating budget for next year.

Nevertheless, Hickey's salary remains one of the highest in Maryland. Recently, it was among the top five in the state, according to a list compiled by the Maryland Department of Education.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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