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New West Bloomfield Schools Supt. Takes Pay Cut

Gerald Hill's annual salary is $80,000 less than his previous job as superintendent in a Glenview, IL district, according to reports.

Gerald Hill, 60, signed a four-year contract on Friday to work as the superintendent of West Bloomfield Schools in the wake of JoAnn Andrees' retirement.

Hill, who most recently worked as superintendent of a school district in Glenview, IL, will receive $190,000 the first year with the possibility of an increase each year after, plus an $11,000 annual annuity, under the agreement. 

Hill earned $270,000 in his last year as superintendent in Glenview, according to reports. Andrees earned $153,425 with a $10,000 annuity this year, which represents a 10 percent pay cut from last year's salary.

Hill's salary is tied to that of the teachers, represented by the West Bloomfield Education Association, in that it will be increased by the same percentage as the increase to teachers' base salary in the current collective bargaining agreement.

Hill told Patch when he first accepted the job earlier in the month that he retired from the Illinois district with the intent of continuing his career elsewhere, expecting to take a pay cut and interviewing for similar positions in multiple states.

“In my situation, I’m able to take advantage of and moving to another state," Hill explained. "I didn't want to stop working, but I didn't expect a raise in compensation." 

Additional highlights from the seven-page document include:

  • Hill will not receive medical, dental, or optical insurance. 
  • Any unused sick leave days will be permitted to accumulate, but not to exceed 90 days and cannot be accumulated for redemption or buy out at time of termination.
  • The contract is valid from July 1 of this year through June 30, 2016.
  • Hill will be reimbursed for up to $7,000 for the move to Michigan.
  • Hill will not be granted continuing tenure over the duration of the contract.
  • Hill will be evaluated annually by the Board of Education for his work towards goals and relationships within the staff, board, and community.
Louise Cantor May 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM
He smiles like he just hit the lottery.
Tom May 25, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Tim-who's writing your headlines? This is so misleading. Dr. Hill had retired. He was job hunting. He was headed for a far greater pay cut, unemployment and no salary as he was rejected by two other school districts. His pay is apx. $50,000.00 more a year than we were paying Dr. Andrees! Plus two pensions. Plus an annuity. Plus disability insurance. Plus life insurance. Plus vacation. Plus sick days. Plus professional development, professional dues, civic dues and re-location expenses, etc. Hardly a "pay cut"! And a four year contract to boot! Way to go Dr. Hill for striking this deal with our financially strapped school district. This guy is good, at least for himself. Time will tell if he puts his money where his charisma is. Please tell it like it is and don't mislead your readers with bogus headlines.
Chad May 26, 2012 at 06:06 AM
I agree with Louise and Tom. I guess they'll have to take it out if the teachers again this year.

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