By Jordan Cohen
Retiring schools Superintendent Rocco Adduci has taken the unusual step of publicly blasting his board of education by calling its contract with incoming Superintendent Mark Robinson “outrageous.”
The superintendent’s comments are contained in an email to the five board members, which Adduci, who retires July 31, released to The Vindicator.
Robinson, whose base salary is $106,500, will receive a pay increase of $9,400 Sept. 1 after only one month on the job, raising his salary to $120,000.
The contract also contains additional increases totaling 11.5 percent should the state Legislature prohibit the board from paying Robinson’s employee contributions to the State Teachers Retirement System and Medicare.
Adduci predicts that the contract will set Robinson up for failure. Robinson officially takes charge Aug. 1.
“Everyone in the district will be taking CUTS and the superintendent was granted an OUTRAGEOUS raise,” the superintendent wrote to the board using capital letters for emphasis. “These are very disturbing decisions and they will have ominous consequences for our entire school district and community.”
Adduci accused the board of disrespecting him and his administrative team.
The superintendent said the impact of the board’s decision will place contract negotiations with the teachers and nonteaching employees “in a very difficult situation.”
Mary Ann McMahon, president of the teachers union, the 180-member Niles Classroom Teachers Association, said earlier that the contract and its perks are “a huge concern” to the teachers, whose contract expires Aug. 28.
Board members and Robinson have remained silent since questions arose about the contract. Messages requesting comment about Adduci’s criticisms Tuesday were not returned. Robinson, currently the superintendent of Ashland schools, also did not return a call.
Adduci, contacted by The Vindicator, said he is not worried about the board possibly taking action against him because of his decision to make his comments public.
“I have no control over what they do, positive or negative,” the retiring superintendent said. “I felt I needed to say what I did.”
The board’s next public meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday at Rhodes Elementary School.