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Superintendent’s contract renewed, 13 percent pay increase

June 7, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Lee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Adkins' contract has been renewed for another three years.

"I think that we have moved forward. I think we have increased our business and community partnerships. We have improved our graduation rate. We have shown more growth in our schools in each individual student's progress of those. We have moved away from several D and F schools to just a few that are still working on it," Board Member Mary Fischer said of some of Adkins' accomplishments. "We feel that we are moving in a positive direction. He has made some changes that were needed to have the right people."

Adkins received a 13 percent increase in his annual salary, from $185,000 to $209,000, in the contract approved 6-1 by the Lee County School Board on Tuesday.

Board Member Melisa Giovannelli dissented.

"We now have him closer to the average of what superintendents make in districts this size," Fischer said. "He was way under to start with. We have been able to, as small as they are, give our people raises."

She believes Adkins is moving the district forward with consistency and stability, which is showcasing a positive impact in the district.

"We would like to keep him in place for a few more years to continue our growth and reach our goals," Fischer said.

This coming September will mark Adkins' third year as the superintendent for Lee Schools after more than 30 years serving in multiple positions within the district.

"He has built relationships with people," Fischer said.

Adkins has done a really good job, she added.

"I think positive change takes time, but we are moving in the right direction. I feel strongly that we need to stay moving in that direction," Fischer said, which can be accomplished with Adkins being "the right man at the helm. We want to maintain the momentum in improving Lee County schools. Changing superintendents is disruptive and costs a lot of money."

In addition to the salary increase, the contract includes deletion of a monthly car or travel allowance. Adkins will receive the same mileage when he goes out of town on business as everyone else in the district.

The contract also states that the board will contribute, at the end of each month, an amount equal to 10 percent of Adkins' monthly base salary to a retirement investment.

The contract also includes a 30-day written notice of termination without cause if the board votes to dismiss Adkins during his term of agreement. According to the contract, Adkins can waive all rights to contest, or challenge the board's decision and receive a lump sum of money. The money would be equal to 20 weeks of base salary, plus accrued sick and annual leave.

An evaluation will take place by May 1 of each contracted year, as well as an interim assessment of Adkins' performance by Nov.1 of each contracted year.

His new contract will begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2021.



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