MPS approves interim superintendent’s contract

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) agreed in late February on the terms of Interim Superintendent Bill Green's contract, which concludes June 30, 2007.

The School Board plans to begin searching for a permanent superintendent in the spring of 2007, according to an MPS spokesperson. At that time, new Board members elected in the fall of 2006 will be in place.

Green will continue to teach history at Augsburg College until the semester concludes, then he will take a leave of absence. He'll also donate his Augsburg salary for the spring term to the college and Achieve!Minneapolis, a nonprofit serving MPS students.

As superintendent, Green will earn an annual salary of $163,500, with a 3 percent cost-of-living raise at the end of the school year. Previous Superintendent Thandiwe Peebles received a similar amount when she signed a contract in 2004. Green's benefits include family health insurance, dental insurance, and disability and life insurance.

Green will receive six months' severance pay when the contract ends and compensation for any outstanding sick days or vacation, unless he breaks his contract.

Unlike Peebles, who has been criticized for the expensive district-provided car she drove (the district also absorbed the car payments after her ouster), Green won't receive a stipend for a vehicle. Instead, he'll be reimbursed for work-related mileage at 45 cents per mile.

For further information about MPS, check out www.mpls.k12.mn.us.