Schools Superintendent Gets New Contract, Salary Increase, In Line With State Regs

Schools Superintendent John Ravally was given a new 5-year contract May 25 by the Board of Education.

A new 5-year contract for the schools Superintendent was approved May 25 by the Board of Education.

The $196,584 contract ups schools Superintendent John Ravally’s salary by nearly $20,000, and comes just two years into his original 5-year term.

The move was made to bring Ravally’s salary in line with updated state regulations concerning schools superintendents’ compensation, school board president Ed Potosnak said. The new regulations, which took effect earlier this month, raise the salary cap for the superintendent in a district the size of Franklin’s from $175,000 to $191,000, before bonuses.

Ravally’s current salary is $177,500, which takes into account a $2,500 stipend for districts which include high schools.

His new salary includes the same stipend, which has been increased under the new regulations to $5,000, and other considerations.

The new contract takes effect July 1. Ravally will earn the $196,584 for each of the next three years – assuming the cap stays as it is now – and will give him a 2 percent raise in each of years four and five.

“He’s done a fantastic job and he’s willing to take a 5-year contract, which keeps him in the district for seven years,” Potosnak said. “This provides stability. We very pleased with his performance, we’re happy to continue the relationship.”

“One of the things we’ve experienced in the recent past in Franklin Township is a lot of transition or temporary or vacant positions,” Potosnak said. “Dr. Ravally in two years has already provided a lot of stability and a real sense of consistency, and we really appreciate that leadership and the educational vision you’ve shared.”

“We are moving forward at a rapid pace, and I really appreciate your commitment to helping us bring some further stability to the district,” Ravally replied.

Later, Ravally said he wanted to stay in Franklin because “I really do enjoy the work.”

“I love it,” he said. “It’s exciting. This is my 15th year as a superintendent, and this was a great move for me. I’m happy to be here.”


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