Saturday, September 18, 2021
No Raise for the Superintendent!
Open Letter to Reporter at The State
R2 Supt's 2019 raise was 12.3%
On the agenda for Wednesday (Sept. 22) afternoon's Special-Called Board Meeting at 5:00PM is a raise for Supt. Davis.
And why on Wednesday, instead of at the next Regular Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 28?
And why at 5:00PM, when many parents are just leaving work?
And why at a Special-Called Meeting where, traditionally, public participation is not scheduled (or allowed)?
In March the superintendent disclosed his earnings on the required public Statement of Economic Interests Report due at the South Carolina Ethics Commission. What's on it?
Automobile Allowance $18,000
Insurance Policy Benefit $760.00 (A)
Salary, Neo Genesis Group (amount not disclosed)
Salary, University of the Cumberlands (amount not disclosed)
Salary, University of South Carolina $14,000
Speaking Engagement, ERDI (B) 9/14/2020 $500
Speaking Engagement, Francis Marion University 6/24/2020 $850
Richland Two, Salary $78,113
(A) The specifics are not reported. Commonly, when an employee reports taxable income in that category, it represents the economic benefit to the employee of premiums paid by the employer for a life insurance policy insuring that employee and payable to a beneficiary named by the insured employee. In other words, a perk of personal life insurance in a significant amount. It's not necessary that premium amount, but rather the "economic benefit" of the premiums paid.
(B) ERDI is the Education Research & Development Institute. From www.erdius.org "ERDI is the premier provider of unique research and development opportunities for companies who are designing products and services to support PK-12."
Does Richland 2 buy any of those products and services?
So, Davis' yearly Richland 2 income is $241,882.97 plus his salaries from U of S.C., the U of the Cumberlands, and the Neo Genesis Group, plus his speaking fees, (Total $257,992.97+) plus the Family Income from Richland 2 of $78,113. Total family income of $336,105.97+.
I'm sure we can all sympathize with the financial struggles in the Davis family to get along during a pandemic year on that piddling amount.
Is this why "the four" are in such a rush to give him a raise?
How much of his Richland 2 time, if any, is carved out for his employment with the Neo Genesis Group, the University of the Cumberlands, the University of South Carolina, and speaking engagements?
Maybe the revised Contract should read, "Employee is to commit his working time solely to Richland School District Two and will not participate in outside ventures or receive earned income from other sources."
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