Looney receives raise by WCS board
By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
Chairman of the Board Pat Anderson and Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney converse after the WCS Board of Education meeting Monday.
Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney received a five percent raise from the Williamson County Board of Education Monday – upping his annual salary to $191,877.
Looney’s high evaluation scores and performance over the past four years as superintendent prompted the board’s discussion about a salary increase.
Chairman of the Board Pat Anderson praised Looney’s efforts and performance followed by applause from the board and audience members in the auditorium.
The board rated Looney as “exemplary performance” in three of four categories of his annual evaluation at their board meeting in January.
Exemplary categories include raising ACT scores, expanding BYOT and leading collaboration, advocacy and high expectations for the district. He received a rating of “meets expectations” in the remaining category of TCAP improvement. Anderson said that lower scores in this area resulted from the board setting an impossible expectation – raising already high TCAP scores by three percent.
Looney currently earns $182,740. His starting salary began at $168,000 [lower than expected due to an error] in 2009 when he was hired and has received the typical annual county pay increase of about 2.5 percent.
The board, which voted unanimously on the raise, also voted to extend his contract another four years until Jan. 15, 2018.
Posted on: 2/20/2014