BRIDGEPORT, Mich. - Superintendent Gloria J. Rubis will make $95,000 as the new chief administrator in Bridgeport-Spaulding Community Schools, but can earn up to $3,000 more if district schools make "adequate yearly progress," according to The Saginaw News.

The school board signed a two-year contract with Rubis that includes a $1,000 bonus for each school — Bridgeport High School, Atkins School or White Elementary School — that meets the AYP standard set by the federal No Child Left Behind act.

"This is as close as we can get to any kind of merit pay," board President Micheal Tate said, according to The News.

Former Superintendent Desmos R. Daniel had an annual salary of $104,022, a yearly annuity of $4,000 and a $3,900 annual car allowance. Rubis won't receive an annuity or car allowance, though she will be reimbursed for mileage for school-related travel, The News reported.

A car allowance "sounds to me like one of those things that belongs in the past and not something for these economic times," Rubis told The News.

SOURCE:
The Saginaw News, "Bridgeport schools use merit pay for superintendent," Aug. 13, 2009

FURTHER READING:
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "A Merit-Pay Pilot Program for Michigan Public Schools," Sept. 23, 2008

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