At a brief meeting Tuesday, superintendent Dennis Muratori and treasurer Mike Weis agreed to freeze their base pay salaries for the remainder of their contracts.
All four board members present voted in favor of the decision, which will save the district about $10,000. Weis’ contract expires in 2015, while Muratori’s contract expires in 2016.
“We voluntarily decided this was in the best interest of our district, considering the financial challenges that lie ahead” Muratori said.
Huron Schools is projecting a deficit of about $2 million in the upcoming school year, according to its five-year financial forecast. Its reserve cash is expected to carry it through until the 2016-17 school year, when it’ll be completely depleted. The district’s annual budget is about $14.6 million.
District-wide reductions are likely looming to eliminate the deficit, Weis said.
Muratori and Weis also agreed Tuesday to remove their salaries from the administrative salary schedule as they prepare for negotiations with the district’s teachers union.
The administrative salary schedule is tied to teacher salaries, meaning pay increases for teachers could benefit administrators, Muratori explained during Tuesday’s meeting.
“We want to make sure we’re separate, because we don’t want a conflict of interest while negotiating” Muratori said.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, board members agreed not to renew former superintendent Fred Fox’s contract.
Despite Fox’s firing this year, the action was a necessary formality, as Fox’s contract was set to expire in June 2014, Weis said.
Board member John Caporini voted against the motion.
Board member Kevin Asher did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.
It would have been his last as a Huron school board member, as voters elected Eric Muehlhauser to replace Asher in 2014.
Asher was traveling Tuesday for work-related business, Weis said.
About 20 people attended the meeting, with no one speaking during its public participation portion.