Superintendent Angélica Ramsey spent her first day as Fort Worth ISD’s leader visiting schools and talking to students and teachers.
She is expected to stay with the district for at least the next three years, according to her contract. Ramsey’s term is just one detail inside her 22-page contract that the school board approved Sept. 20.
Here are some other key pieces inside Ramsey’s contract:
Salary, potential bonuses
Ramsey’s starting salary is $335,000. That is $5,000 more than her predecessor’s salary of $330,000, and $25,000 higher than Ramsey’s salary in Midland ISD. In Midland, the school board in July increased her pay to $310,000 from $275,000 because she met trustee-set goals.
The superintendent’s salary has the potential to increase up to $25,000 every year if she meets school board-set goals.
Trustees are expected to review Ramsey’s performance annually. The annual appraisal will happen in a closed meeting — unless the superintendent requests that it be held in an open meeting, according to the contract.
The review is expected to happen before Jan. 31 every year. Her contract term started Sept. 21 and ends Aug. 31, 2025. The contract, however, does not appear to include a buyout clause if the school board decides to terminate Ramsey.
Her contract states that Ramsey and the school board will work together to develop goals for student outcome goals and other district issues.
After trustees hired the superintendent Sept. 20, board Secretary CJ Evans said new goals will be developed in the coming weeks.
The contract gives Ramsey the power to hire or reassign any position.
Ramsey’s contract also includes several other benefits. The document states the district will pay Ramsey $1,000 every month as a car allowance. However, the car must be used for business travel within the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Ramsey will receive 20 vacation days annually. Any unused days can accumulate up to 40 days. Anything more than that will be lost at the end of each school year.
Ramsey also can cash out up to 15 vacation days on June 30, the last day of the fiscal year. Each day is valued at $1,395.83, Ramsey’s daily rate of pay, according to the contract.
Ramsey will receive a $100 monthly allowance for a cell phone.
The district plans to pay for Ramsey’s memberships to several school-related associations, such as the Texas Association of School Administrators. The district also will pay the cost for Ramsey to attend conferences.
The school board is allowing Ramsey to take on writing, teaching, speaking engagements and serve as a consultant to other school districts as long as they do not interfere with her daily duties. However, any outside work must go through the school board for approval.
“The board acknowledges that the superintendent is currently scheduled to present at an aspiring superintendent academy in October and also currently provides consulting services as a mentor,” the contract states.
Ramsey is required to undergo an annual check up with a doctor to whom she and the school board agree. The school board president will receive a confidential report from the doctor; the president can share the document to the other trustees in closed session as long as Ramsey agrees. Previous Fort Worth ISD superintendent contracts included this clause, too.
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