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July 11, 2013

Superintendent gets pay hike

METHUEN — Beginning this month School Superintendent Judith Scannell received a bump in her pay.

In the spring, the School Committee approved a new three-year contract for Scannell, giving her a 2.5 percent raise and a bump in longevity pay and vacation leave.

On July 1, Scannell received an increase to an annual base salary of $158,875, and her annual longevity payment doubled to $5,000. She will receive a 2.5 percent raise in base salary each year in 2014 and 2015 as well.

“I appreciate your support,” Scannell told the School Committee when they unanimously approved the contract on May 21. “It’s about the team that I work with. They’re very supportive and as a group our hope and goal is to move forward in a positive direction.”

Mayor Stephen Zanni praised Scannell leadership. “She has done a superb job not only in moving our district forward, but also taking care of some problematic things that arose over that time,” he said.

The committee in March gave her a strong review and commended her work overall.

Scannell, who started with Methuen Public Schools as a teacher in 1975, became interim superintendent in August 2010 when Jeanne Whitten retired. The School Committee voted to hire her full time in January 2011 and two months later approved a three-year contract retroactive to when she took over from Whitten.

She is one of the lowest paid superintendents in the area. Andover’s Merinal McGrath was tops at $202,894 in 2012, according to town records. Haverhill’s James Scully was next at $176,615, followed by Kevin Hutchinson in North Andover at $153,223.

Jeff Riley, the superintendent/receiver of Lawrence Public Schools, is a state employee who earns $198,000. Lawrence’s top local administrator is Assistant Superintendent Mary Lou Bergeron, who earned $149,830 in 2012.

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