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Shorewood School Board OKs Contract for New Superintendent Martin Lexmond

Officials approved a two-year contract with a $150,000 annual salary, along with a minimum 1.5 percent increase in the second year and first extension, for new Shorewood superintendent Martin Lexmond.

The Shorewood School Board put the final stamp on Martin Lexmond taking the helm as superintendent, unanimously approving a two-year pact Tuesday.

The contract, which covers the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, calls for a $150,000 salary and no less than a 1.5 percent increase after the first year, and the first extension of the contract.

The contract goes into effect on July 1, when Lexmond takes over.

"I'm really looking forward to getting started," Lexmond said Tuesday. "Just being present and interacting with teachers, and interacting with the community really starts the learning process and even adds to the excitement."

, after a four-month search. He comes from the Kohler Public School system in Kohler, WI, where he served as superintendent and high school principal for the past two years. He beat out current Principal Kirk Juffer for the post.

Under the contract, Lexmond will contribute 12.6 percent to his health care premium. He will also pay 50 percent of contributions made to the Wisconsin Retirement System, or his pension.

The district will pay 100 percent of Lexmond’s dental insurance premium and term life insurance policy.

During each of the first four years of the Lexmond's tenure, the district will annually deposit $5,000 in a longevity incentive account. Upon completion of four years of employment, Lexmond will receive a $20,000 longevity bonus.

For each complete year of service rendered after the effective date of this contract, Shorewood will make a $5,000 employer contribution in 12 equal monthly payments to a 403(b) tax-deferred annuity.

In comparison, Lexmond’s latest salary with Kohler is $151,800, and Shorewood superintendent Blane McCann's current salary is $152,250.

Lexmond comes from a small school district serving 600 students, according to the district’s website. Shorewood serves roughly 2,000 students.

The search for a new superintendent started after McCann , after nearly a decade in Shorewood.

Shortly after, school officials for a new superintendent.

McCann will take over as , next year.

David Tatarowicz June 13, 2012 at 05:47 PM
How does Lexmond's contract compare with the teachers? Do the teachers get 100% paid dental insurance, do they get a lengevity bonus every year, Do they get a 100% paid term life insurance plan. And do they get a second pension program with $5000 per year from the taxpayers for a 403 b plan???? With are the terms on the backend? When McCann quit the School Board gave him a $52,000 severance package -- was that built into his contract --- what is the severance package for Lexmond?
The Donny Show June 14, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Lexmond's contract is more lucrative than the teachers. He is more valued than the teachers. That is how ANY real entity compensates their employees.
David Tatarowicz June 14, 2012 at 04:07 PM
@Donny Lexmond may well be more valued than the teachers in general, and perhaps on an individual basis, maybe even more valuable than each and every teacher --- but that remains to be seen. Right now he has no track record with Shorewood, and his past track record was 9 different jobs within about 20 years --- so would be hard to tell how well he did any one of those. I understand that Superintendents make more than teachers, just as CEO's make more than the regular employees --- the question is how much should that differential be? Aside from the monetary difference, I disagree that he or any CEO should have more side benefits than the average employee. It is just like many corporations in which the average employee gets a health plan with a $2000 deductible, a 20% co-pay, exclusions on certain procedures, and a limit on it all. Yet the same company will have that for their executives --- plus pay the co-pays, deductibles etc as a supplementary package. Obviously, the plan they give their employee making $34,000 a year is not good enough for their executive making $340,000 per year ....the Golden Rule --- He with the Gold Rules But here --- WE the Taxpayers are the ones with the Gold --- and the Taxpayers decided that the Teachers were making too much and not paying enough for their benefits. We the Taxpayers are entitled to question what Everyone we pay gets in salary and benefits --- and I for one Taxpayer would like to know what the playing field is.
The Donny Show June 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM
You are absolutly entitled to question and get answers. I do not at all disagree. I too would love to learn the whole package. I am not aware on any teacher that was told she was making too much money. Can you provide an example? Without better pay and benefits there is less incentive to better one's self. It is much easier to teach 6 hours a day for 180 days than be the Superintendent. It takes less effort, knowledge, and specialized expertise. All workers are valued. Some more than others.
David Tatarowicz June 14, 2012 at 06:38 PM
@Donny Please tell me that you are either joking or that you have been on a desert island for the past year or so. WE have told ALL the Teachers (she's and he's) that they are making too much money. By WE I mean the State of Wisconsin ---through our elected representatives. WE have told them that They have to do More Work for the Same Money --- teach another class per day, do all the prep work for that class, actually teach it, grade the papers, work with the kids after school, talk to their parents, etc, etc, etc, -- and you will not get one nickel more !! And WE told them that they will have to pay more for their insurance and retirement -- they will not get more money to do this -- but since They are making Too Much Money -- it will come from what we are already paying them. And WE told them that they will get a different insurance plan which will be cheaper for WE the Taxpayers --- of course the plan is cheaper because it is inferior, and They will have to Pay More from their pocket in deductibles and co-pays, etc, for a lesser product !!! And By the Way YOU the Teachers have NO Say in this --- WE will not negotiate with YOU -- our Way or the Highway --- YOU were Making Too Much Money and now WE are taking back a bunch of it, and making YOU work more and that is that.
David Tatarowicz June 14, 2012 at 06:45 PM
@ Donny You don't seem to have a clue what a teacher does --- teach 6 hrs a day --- when do they do the lesson plan that has to be approved in advance? When do they grade the papers? When do they work with the kids outside of class time? When do they talk to the parents on the phone? When do they correspond with the parents via email? When do they prepare the tests and other materials? When do they work on the room itself? When do they attend mandatory staff meetings? When do they attend mandatory curriculum meetings? And on And on And on ........... If you are really interested in finding out just what a teacher does --- I am sure we can find a teacher and get permission for you to shadow them --- during the day at school, and in the evening and weekends when they do all that other work too !!!
The Donny Show June 14, 2012 at 07:32 PM
David, there is not ONE teacher that makes less money this year than last. Not one! That union scare tactic didnt work last week and will (fortunately) never work here. No representative here told anyone they were making too much money. Again, give me an example. They told them, the gravy train is over. WEA Trust no longer has WE (the taxpayers) by the balls. We get to choose who we work with for insurance (Gee, funny how costs plummented REAL quick). Pension contributions went up. Health insurance premiums did go up. That was in EVERY business out there. Please find an example of a business who has the same health care this year as last year and the cost went DOWN. It did not happen David. You can't be serious if you think we are going to ask teachers and other public employees to contribute more for their benefits and then turn around and give them more money to do so. Do you really think teachers should be paid like lawyers with billable hours? Get extra for talking to Billy's mommy? I will assume you were misquoted by yourself there (ala Charles Barkley in his AutoBiography). Teachers do work more than six hours. My choice of words was not correct. I meant teach six PERIODS per day. For that I apologize. My brother is a teacher. He is off for the next nine weeks. Teachers are NOT overworked. Sorry, that will not fly with me. Many are great, professional people. Some are lunatics (see Levanhagen from Lake Country). Some are brainwashed.
David Tatarowicz June 14, 2012 at 11:11 PM
@Donny We can both agree that some are lunatics and some are brainwashed -- because that is true of any group of people. I don't understand how you can claim that someone having to pay more out of their pay than what they were paying before is not a cut in compensation!! I run a business and please don't tell me that if I keep an employee at the same wage, but increase their deductions for health care, that they are not making less!! They have less take home pay, less money in their pocket. If the amount that I increase their contributions is equal to my increased costs of benefits, then it is revenue neutral for me, I am paying the same TOTAL Amount --- I am passing the hit on to them. Of course costs for insurance went down for Districts that dropped the WEA. That is because they got Inferior policies, and also the Teachers have to pay more out of pocket for the same health care ..... that is a cut in their Total Compensation --- and please don't be fooled by insurance carriers that came in and lowballed Districts for equal coverage --- if you are in business, you know how that game is played --- suffer temporary profits in hopes of long term market penetration share. Please tell what kind of business or employment you are in or were in. How were you compensated? Hourly - commission - salary - what were your hours, did you get OT, etc...... it would help to understand your perspective on this issue.
The Donny Show June 15, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I own my own business. The more I sell the more I make. Thus, by definition I am paid EXACTLY what I am worth. I work about 70 hours a week. I work at least 6 days a week. In the past I always worked job where there was a salary and extensive commission and/or bonuses. Those who were more valued to the company were compensated more. That is the crux of my original comment. Lexmond is worth more than the teachers. Thus, he should have better salary and benefits.

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