accepts new deal from school panel
LOWELL -- Superintendent of Schools Jean Franco informed the School Committee Monday morning she has accepted its offer of a new two-year deal.
Franco's new deal would go into effect July 1, as her
current pact was set to expire at the end of this month.
The School Committee
has yet to publicly vote on the new pact, but is expected to do so at its next regular meeting June 18.
would be paid an annual salary of no less than $175,992.50 and be eligible for a 1 percent cost-of-living increase, according to the terms of the deal Franco
will also be eligible for a merit raise each year based on the School Committee's evaluation of her
achieves a performance rating of "proficient," Franco
will receive a 2 percent pay increase.
will receive a 3 percent pay increase if she
receives a performance rating of "exemplary."
The superintendent will receive a monthly travel allowance of $300 in lieu of a mileage reimbursement, among other terms of the pact, according to sources.
did not respond to requests for comment Monday.
Committee member Jim Leary said he
was pleased Franco
agreed to the contract, though he
declined to divulge the details of the pact.
has done a good job," said Leary.
was selected as superintendent in April 2011 to replace the outgoing Chris Scott and her tenure as superintendent began in July 2011.
Franco came to Lowell in 1996 as a Spanish bilingual facilitator, a role she continued in until being named assistant superintendent for Student Support Services in 2002.