Sanders agrees to 5-year contract; $158K salary

Sandusky Schools interim superintendent Eugene Sanders is here to stay.
Alissa Widman Neese
Jan 15, 2013


Sanders signed a contract Monday morning that will earn him nearly $900,000 in a five-year span beginning Aug. 1.

"Of all the things I've done in my career, this is clearly my most important and significant assignment," Sanders said. "To lead the educational institution in your hometown is a special, once in a life time opportunity."

His annual salary is $158,000.

A Sandusky native, Sanders said connecting with the local community is a top priority.

Click the PDFs below to read the contract and to see a new contract also approved Monday for Kevin Robertson, Sandusky schools treasurer.

Pick up a copy of Tuesday's Register to read about what the school board had to say about the contract.

Want to go?

What: Open forum with superintendent Eugene Sanders

When: 6 p.m. Jan. 31

Where: Sandusky High School, room 300

Who: Open to the public




Good for Sandusky. And it wont cost to much for the residents. The landlords can flip the bill.

John Harville

Perhaps he'll have a better understanding than most of the problems being a student in his hometown.


Dr. Sanders should have one priority.

Improve the graduation rate without dummying down the curriculum and the requirements needed to graduate. Stop sending out kids who can't read and can't fill out a job application form. A high school diploma has little or no value at this time.

It's the schools responsibility to prepare children for adulthood. Whether it be college, the military or the work world.

Of course I understand if there is no value of education in the child's home your job is almost impossible. Multi-generational lack of education or value of education is tough to overcome.

I wish you success.


CAN'T dumb-down the curriculum. Gotta past the tests.

Mitigating Sandusky City Schools' structural problems is a set programs not available in other systems. Hope they understand how crucial it is to keep those.

The Bizness

I agree with Donutshopguy,

1. Improve graduation rates
2. Decrease drop out rates
3. Increase number of kids going to college/technical school
4. Decrease violence in schools


Really good priorities.

Easily said but difficult when dealing with different demographics than the 'burbs.

I might propose a slight change in wording:

1. MAXIMIZE graduation rates
2. MINIMIZE drop out rates
3. MAXIMIZE number of kids going to college/technical school
4. MINIMIZE violence in schools

It is futile to compare apples to suburbs. Maybe you CAN'T do better on some things, maybe you can in others; if you have the best possible outcome, that's success. If you change something because an orange did better, you might make things worse.

I might propose adding:

5. MAXIMIZE outcomes.

If a kid who started with disadvantages and was at risk for a bad outcome, ends up living a happy, productive life, who cares if someone else did better?

Maybe a really bright kid with all the advantages can end up Changing the World, instead of just doing OK for herself.

That may mean taking care to keep some of the programs not available in other systems, and maybe adding some, too.

The Bizness

Great points, completely agree

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You're correct - all students will not succeed. Schools don't fail, students do, and most of them do so by choice. The best any educator can do is teach those who choose to learn, and for those who choose not to, make sure it's an informed choice.

Licorice Schtick

Right. Some kids make foolish choices like being born premature to a crack-addicted mother and unwisely allowing themselves to be neglected and abused. Then they have the nerve to use all that as an excuse for learning disabilities and attention deficits - that's the real reason for their poor perfomance, not the run-down school with the crummy teachers who can't get a job in a NICE neighborhood. Oh, wait, that's not right, I'm BLAMING THE VICTIM. Why do I hate people so much?

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The strongest factor in academic achievement is the student's CHOICE to believe in the value of education. You're right in implying that the largest factor influencing that choice are the values (or lack thereof) and choices made by the parents, but who can say their parents NEVER made a decision that adversely impacted their lives?

Even in some of the worst crime and poverty ridden neighborhoods, some kids manage to succeed while sitting in the same classrooms as those who fail.

The schools' job is to lead the horse to water, and make sure the horse understands the consequences of not drinking.



At least teach them to read, write and speak intelligently. My place of employment makes the candidate applying for a job fill out the application on the spot. No taking it out to the car or home to have someone else help them. Watching the process is sad. Reading them is even sadder. These are kids with high school degrees from all over the county.

These are entry level factory jobs but you need to be able to communicate with fellow workers and supervisors.

Over the last 20 years these basic educational requirements have been forgotten . A high school degree used to hold some importance. Now it has no value for those hiring.


Really, does anyone remember Cleveland. He proposed a horrible idea, implemented it, it failed miserably and then he resigned with two days notice. Hire him if you want to, however be prepared for alot of talk and no walk.


Water. Under. The bridge.

BW1's picture

Your response implies that there is little to no value in considering a candidate's past performance. By that reasoning, they could hire anyone, likely for far less money, and expect good results.

Licorice Schtick

No, no, I see where you're coming from, I think, but I didn't intend to imply that at all. My (somewhat pointless) point was that "my.02cents" said, "hire him if you want to," future tense, but it's a little late for "considering a candidate's past performance" - it would have been better to do it earlier. And in fact, his past performance WAS criticized here in the past.

BW1's picture

1. I was responding to Factitious, or is one of you the sock puppet of the other?

2. 02 cents was criticizing the above reported decision to hire Sanders in disregard of his track record. Obviously, the hiring is now a done deal, but this discussion is primarily about the wisdom of that past decision. Context. is. important.


Hope he isn't the same Eugene Sanders on O'Brians site!!


His number one priority should be arming janitors. Does he pack a Sig or keep a Bushmaster in his office? It's irresponsible not to. Plus arming janitors and administrative staff will save the taxpayers $$$ by allowing them to fire superfluous security and by making the teachers too afraid to go on strike or ask for raises.

Licorice Schtick

Right. And let's build a practice range in the SHS basement and issue sidearms to all Honor Roll students. Oh, wait, never mind, SHS doesn't have a basement.


I hope this guy is worth it. Another big operating levy is on the way to pay for his salary.

Swamp Fox

$158.00 per year in Sandusky, really. The next levy campaign, its not for the children its for Dr. Sanders... Might be a good choice for Sandusky but he does have a reputation of not finishing the job....

Licorice Schtick

Well, OK, but to be fair, Cleveland had much bigger problems than Sandusky, and some problems are unfixable. It may have been much worse without him.

John Harville

Isn't this double-dipping? I read somewhere he retired.


He has already done more as interim than the last did as a full timer superintendent. Just look at the sweeping changes to the Middle School, he is not afraid to make changes and hold everyone accountable.

John Harville

Yes. He RETIRED from Cleveland schools with little notice just after he negotiated a new contract through 2014.
So now he comes home to roost? Retire with pension. work as consultant. work as interim. take job for $158,000 a year. Yeah. That's double-dipping.

John Harville

Clyde-Green Springs is looking, too. Wonder if they will double-dip. Oops. Helms is in prison and Danhoff is double-dipping at Lakota. Elchert retired suddenly to protect his pension.
Or maybe they will inbreed again? Act super, assistant Supt. Laura Kagy spent months telling people she didn't want the top job. And now she's proving the District doesn't need an assistant since no one was officially appointed to her 'vacant' post. High School Principal W. Joe Webb has credentials. Several in district have principal/administrator credentials and would have a year after hire to get supt. creds. After all Elchert and Kagy came from school principal jobs in the district.



"Sanders' 2010 compensation included $273,000 in wages, $28,259 in pension contributions, $28,000 in annuities, $6,000 in car allowances and $922 in reimbursement for expenses, according to the records. The district also paid a $5,619 annual life insurance premium and $5,637 for disability insurance.

Not included is $3,247 in membership and usage fees at The Club at Key Center, a private downtown facility for dining, meetings and exercise. The district has maintained the membership since at least 1999 and the early days of former CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett's administration.

The district paid more than $20,424 to The Club during the 4 1/2 years Sanders used the facility. Byrd-Bennett's bills totaled $21,408 over seven years, according to the records provided."

And now he's here for only 158 K? All that bread he received from the Cleveland Schools must be invested in some seriously successful stocks. Meantime, that school system is still in Academic Emergency. So much for "retiring". SMH.


What was he making as an interim supt? Thought it was $127K. So now he's gotten a $31K raise and for 5 years? Sandusky City Schools are going to pay almost $800K over 5 yrs...guess we know where the money from the last levy is going. And all of that on top of what he receives in pension. How much was the last supt. paid? Why is Sanders worth more? Is he going to move to Sandusky? How much vacation time is he given in this contract? How many days out of the year will he be required to be physically present in the district?

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The Hero Zone

I have made it a point to come out to the open house, I have a great many ideas and pieces of feedback to offer him "from the trenches". Working every day with the kids/young adults that are going through or are a product of local public education I hope to be able to give some solid recommendations.


How does the superintendent solve the 1000 single mothers and 300 single fathers that live in our community.

Schools can only do so much. The problem that ails our schools is bigger than education.


There are way more than the numbers quoted within Sandusky. The 1000 and 300 are the demographics within one mile radius of New Day Family Resource Center in 2010. They hired a company to provide this information when they began the process of defining the needs of their neighborhood.