PITTSBURGH, March 20, 2013 – The Board of Directors have entered into a new three-year agreement with Superintendent Linda S. Lane that runs from March 20, 2013, through June 2016.
Superintendent Lane has elected to keep her compensation at $200,000, effective January 1, 2013, despite earning increases totaling $20,000 authorized by the Board over the past two years.
“As we continue to evolve into a district of first choice for families, I am privileged to have been leading the Pittsburgh Public Schools in such a time of change,” said Superintendent Lane. “I am honored to continue to serve the students and families of Pittsburgh, a place I now call home.”
Under the new contract the Superintendent maintains the same performance-based compensation schedule as in her original contract. The Superintendent’s contract will continue to provide the opportunity for her to receive a $10,000 yearly merit increase, which is tied to meeting yearly performance goals, in addition to a $5,000 automatic yearly increase. Effective September 1, 2013, the Superintendent’s salary will increase to $220,000. If she meets her performance priorities every year, under the new contract, her annual salary could increase to a maximum of $265,000 in 2016.
“We are very pleased with the steadfast leadership Superintendent Lane has provided during some of the most challenging times facing public education. It was important for us to ensure that stable leadership remained in place, particularly as there will be significant Board turnover this year. It is critical that our work continues to meet our goals of accelerating student achievement, eliminating racial disparities and becoming a District of first choice for families,” said Committee Chair of Negotiations, Theresa Colaizzi. “Under her leadership we have taken several steps to address the District’s financial challenges, continue our focus on effective teaching, and reinforce our commitment to excellence and equity for all so that the children in Pittsburgh graduate prepared for post-secondary education and are able to take advantage of a Pittsburgh Promise scholarship.”
The Pittsburgh Public Schools is the largest school district in Allegheny County and ranks second in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with 54 public schools serving approximately 26,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.