At least one member of the Monroe County School Board takes issue with the manner in which Superintendent Mark Porter adjusted the salaries -- mostly upward -- of a dozen district employees.
District 3 board member Ed Davidson said he planned to "raise hell" at a workshop set to take place after press time Tuesday at Marathon High School.
Davidson maintains that Porter "misled" the board at an Aug. 13 meeting to discuss administrator salaries for the 2013-14 school year.
"It's totally unacceptable," Davidson said. The board "never authorized the changes. Porter doesn't have that authority and he did it without disclosure. The changes should be explained and they should be justified. The School Board should either approve them or say no."
When the issue was first raised by district watchdog Larry Murray, attention was focused only on Christina McPherson, district director of assessment and also Poinciana Elementary School interim principal. He salary went from $95,910 to $106,141.
Board members subsequently directed Porter to list all changes to salaries. Porter expected to present that to the board Tuesday by way of what he calls a "process improvement."
He framed it as a need for "clarity as to the division of responsibility and authority between the School Board and superintendent with regard to compensation."
To avoid something similar from happening again, Porter says he'll post administrator contracts online, bring raises for administrators to the board and "develop a rigorous electronic communication and documented approval process for all changes in employee compensation."
School Board member John Dick said "there aren't really complaints about the value, rather it's about the way it was done."
Besides McPherson, the following administrators had salary adjustments in the summer: