As I read your coverage regarding the controversy over the compensation package paid to the superintendent of the West Ada School District, Linda Clark, I kept waiting for a description of the “profane” (as characterized by Trustee Julie Madsen) level of employee benefits paid to Clark under the terms of her agreement with the district. I never saw any benefit listed that could be described as remotely “profane.” The description of the benefit package not only seemed unbelievably reasonable to me for a highly responsible position in the largest school district in the state, it seemed woefully inadequate when compared to both public sector and private sector positions with similar levels of authority and responsibility in other states. $100,000 in life insurance? Bus drivers get that. Apparently, West Ada Trustee Julie Madsen seems to think that the position of superintendent equates to that of a fry cook when considering the appropriate level of compensation and benefits that should be paid. Did the new trustees even conduct a salary and benefit survey to compare like positions with Clark’s pay package? I suspect that the new trustees have no idea what such a position should pay (and does pay in most other places).
Mark D. Wells, Boise
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