Looney’s contract extended until January 2017
By Donna O’Neil, Managing Editor
After Williamson County Board of Education members bestowed glowing praise on Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney during his annual review, District 2 member Janice Mills made a motion to extend Looney’s contract.
By law, a superintendent’s contract may only be extended to four years. Mills’ motion extended Looney’s contract to Jan. 15, 2017 – 7.5 months from the end date of the previous contract. “In light of your job performance, I would like to make a motion to extend Dr. Looney’s employment contract,” Mills said.
“It is a privilege to work with you,” she said to Looney. “There is excitement and growth in the district. It is appreciated by me and others in the county.”
District 9 member Rick Wimberly followed the motion with a suggestion that the board consider giving Looney a pay raise.
Looney said he appreciated the suggestion, but “If you vote to give me a pay raise I wouldn’t accept it. There are a number of employees who are underpaid in this district. Of course, I would like to bring home as much bread for my family as possible, there are pay inequities and I would compromising my principles if I took a pay over increasing pay for my employees.”
Ninth District member Eric Welch said he would not support the contract extension because he felt the board should discuss it further and a meeting was not the place to discuss it. He felt the matter would be best suited for an upcoming work session.
When the vote was taken, Looney’ contract was extended with 10 members voting in the affirmative and Welch abstaining. District 5 member and vice chairman of the board Gary Anderson did not attend the meeting.
Posted on: 1/23/2013