After naming Jim Vaszauskas as the district’s new superintendent last month, trustees agreed to pay him more than his predecessor.In a special called meeting Aug. 6, school board members agreed to an annual salary of $235,000, a $10,000 travel allowance and $1,200 phone allowance for their new superintendent. Vaszauskas, 56, had served as interim superintendent since the departure of Bob Morrison, who left to become superintendent of the Garland school district in February. Morrison, 49, who had served as Mansfield’s superintendent since 2009, had a contract that included a $227,136 annual salary, $833.33 car allowance and $900 cell phone allowance for the 2012-2013 school year. Morrison replaced Vernon Newsom after he retired in the summer of 2009. Newsom’s base pay was $238,500 when he retired.Vaszauskas joined the Mansfield district as associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction in May 2009. He was the only internal candidate to apply for the superintendent’s post, said Karen Wentworth, the district’s associate superintendent of human resources. In their May meeting, trustees voted to look at internal candidates only.Morrison joined the Mansfield district in 2003 as director of student services and was serving as deputy superintendent when he was appointed to replace Newsom in January 2009. -- This article contains information from News-Mirror archives.
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