Here is the language in the superintendent’s contract on her reimbursement that regiononereport.com found: “The Board shall reimburse the Superintendent for the cost of graduate level courses at an accredited college or university. The reimbursement shall be at one hundred percent (100%) of the tuition fee. Reimbursement shall be made to the Superintendent upon submission of a receipt for payment to the Board”. The high school teachers’ contract, in contrast, has much more specific language: “24-1 Teachers who successfully complete graduate level courses in a program of courses approved by the Superintendent of Schools shall be reimbursed at a rate equal to fifty percent (50%) of the cost of a credit hour at the Connecticut State University up to a maximum of six (6) credits hours annually. 24-2 Reimbursement shall be made within thirty (30) days of the date that the teacher submits to the Superintendent the college receipt for the payment together with written evidence from the college that the teacher has satisfactorily completed the course with a grade of “B” or better. 24-3 To be eligible for reimbursement, the teacher must have prior approval of such graduate level courses from the Superintendent or his/her designee. 24-4 Decision of the Superintendent to approve or disapprove course reimbursement shall not be subject to the grievance procedure set forth in Article 3 of this Agreement.”
As you can see. there is little to no accountability in the superintendent’s contract regarding course work as compared to the teachers’ contract. Apparently she does not have to have her course work approved by anyone – like the Board of Education, she is not limited in terms of tuition costs as the teachers are to state university tuition costs, she does not have to provide evidence of a minimum grade in her course work from the institution from where she is taking courses and there is no provision regarding the number of courses she can take annually.
A sweet deal, on top of a great deal….