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KCSD releases Robbins contract for superintendent

Posted: June 7, 2018 4:06 p.m.
Updated: June 8, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Dr. William Shane Robbins ... new KCSD superintendent starts July 1

When new Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent. Dr. William Shane Robbins officially begins working on July 1, his starting base salary will be $170,000, $10,000 more than outgoing KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan’s ending salary.

The district released copies of Robbins’ contract and, at the Chronicle-Independent’s request, Morgan’s original 2007 contract and subsequent amendments on Thursday.

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees last amended Morgan’s contract in November 2016, extending it to June 30, 2019, and increased his base salary from $151,581 to $160,808. Morgan’s starting salary when the board hired him in 2007 was $132,000.

Robbins’ contract is effective through June 30, 2021, and also includes the following:

• Reimbursement of any fees necessary for travel and subsistence in connection with professional growth.

• Robbins may ask for any part of his salary to be contributed to an annuity plan of his choice.

• Annually, upon a satisfactory performance evaluation by the board, Robbins may receive compensation increases equivalent of the percentage increases provided to teachers, or a percentage increase determined by the board -- whichever is greater.

• Any benefits entitled of any district administrative employees, including but not limited to sick leave, retirement program and choice of tax sheltered annuities.

• Twenty days of vacation time in addition to all legal and other holidays recognized by the district.

• A $100 monthly personal cell phone allowance.

• A laptop computer and/or iPad to use in the performance of his duties.

• A $100,000 term life insurance policy.

• The district will cover Robbins’ dues to the American and S.C. associations of school administrators, and other “reasonable and customary” professional group membership fees, as well as “reasonable expenses” Robbins may incur in the performance of his duties.

• The district will also cover “reasonable expenses” connected to Robbins and his family relocating from Fishers, Ind., to Kershaw County, with Robbins agreeing to establish and maintain a residence here on or before Oct. 1.

• An annually determined monthly automobile allowance, but not less than $1,000 monthly for reimbursement for any district-related travel. Any professional travel outside the district will be reimbursed according to a separate policy.

• The district will pay for an annual medical exam, required by the district “in light of the unique nature of the professional duties of the superintendent” so a licensed physician can advise the board “of the continued fitness of the superintendent to perform (their) duties.” Such reports will, of course, be confidential.

Morgan’s original contract, as it has been amended during his tenure as superintendent, contained virtually all the same benefits. Morgan has, however, been eligible for “contingent salary” (bonuses) based on the district meeting certain goals. Robbins’ contract contains no mention of contingent salary, and KCSD Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd said Thursday morning that Morgan never received any of the possible extra compensation.

Those bonuses were tied to items like PACT, SAT, ACT and MAP score rankings, graduation rates, and even the percentage of minority teachers and administrators the district employed compared the percentage of minority students.

Morgan will retire effective June 30, with Robbins effectively becoming superintendent on July 1.

Clarification: The district inadvertently failed to inform the C-I of an 11th amendment to Morgan’s 2007 contract, on which the Kershaw County Board of Trustees voted affirmatively Nov. 28, 2017, to provide him with a 1-1/2 percent salary increase (the same provided to all district employees), retroactive to July 1, 2017. This raised Morgan’s base salary to approximately $163,221 and not $160,808, as reported Friday. Also, the C-I misunderstood the nature of a $9,000 annuity included in Morgan’s original 2007 contract. The C-I believed the annuity was provided to Morgan as part of his base salary. According to KCSD Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd, it is provided to him in addition to his base salary. Morgan’s current full cash compensation should have been reported as $172,221 (the additional 1-1/2 percent plus $9,000 annuity). Therefore, Morgan has actually been making $2,221 more than Robbins will receive when he begins working on July 1. (This clarification appears in the Tuesday, June 12, 2018, print edition.)

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