Ranells will receive $162,000 as West Ada superintendent

Mary Ann Ranells will earn $162,000 to head the West Ada School District in 2016-17.

In terms of base salary, that’s more than the $143,475 Linda Clark would have received under her 2015-16 contract. But district officials say Clark’s contract also included more than $30,000 in paid benefits that Ranells will not receive.

Mary Ann Ranells
West Ada trustees hired Superintendent Mary Ann Ranells in December; she signed a one-year contract extension Tuesday.

Ranells also will receive the same daily rate as she receives now, under a $77,478 contract that expires June 30.

Ranells and trustees agreed on a 2016-17 contract extension Tuesday; Idaho Education News received a copy of the contract Wednesday — and more details about her contract and benefits Thursday morning.

Ranells will receive a $1,200 stipend for a cell phone, and a $144 stipend for short-term disability, bringing her total compensation package to $163,344.

By contrast, Clark would have received $177,067 in salary and paid benefits — including $15,595 in vacation pay and $10,062 paid into the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho.

Contract benefits were a contentious issue between Clark and trustees, before the longtime superintendent abruptly resigned on Oct. 23. Trustees criticized perks in Clark’s contract — although an Idaho Education News investigation of superintendents’ contracts found West Ada’s benefits were more or less in line with other large districts.

The two-page contract — and a superintendent’s job description, posted on the West Ada district’s website — outlines Ranells’ benefits package.

Ranells will receive health and life insurance, three weeks of paid vacation and five personal days. Other benefits could include membership dues to two professional organizations; a trip to a national conference “related to job responsibilities;” access to district-owned cars for work use; and access to district-owned technology “for effective performance of superintendent duties.”

While Ranells will head the state’s largest school district, she will not be the highest-paid superintendent in the state. Blaine County schools Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes will receive $173,880 per year under a three-year extension approved in January.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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