For the next five years, Dr. Jay Badams will remain the Erie School District Superintendent. But, he will not receive a single raise.
On Wednesday evening, in a unanimous decision, the Erie School Board voted in favor of Dr. Badams' new contract. Under the new contract, Dr. Badams will make $185,000 a year.
As we've been reporting, the district is facing an $8-$9 million deficit and they are running out of ways to make up for it.
Two years ago, the district laid off 300 employees. Last year, they closed three schools. This time around, the district might have to raise taxes and ask for additional concessions.
According to Dr. Badams, given the financial situation of the district, his salary is fair.
"We're running our of options for cutting expenses," said Dr. Badams. "So, the challenges are little less in terms of dollars, but a little greater in terms of being able to find ways to save money."
The school board should know by the end of the week, if they will place a referendum on the May primary ballot, regarding a possible tax increase.