The Gainesville City Schools Board of Education on Monday, June 17, unanimously approved a three-year contract extension for Superintendent Jeremy Williams, a full year before his current deal expires.
“We remain positive about where we’re heading,” board chair John Filson said.
Filson told The Times in May that the board was already considering the details of a new contract.
Board member Andy Stewart said offering Williams an extension at this time shows the school board’s confidence and commitment to the superintendent’s leadership.
“I’d just like to say thank you,” Williams said on Monday.
He added that he’s enjoyed the work the last two years, especially as he watches his children grow in the city school system.
Williams, whose current contract pays him $160,000 annually, was hired in Spring 2017 to replace Wanda Creel when she resigned after three years with the school system.
Williams will earn $204,000 annually under the new contract.
“We make a really great team,” he said. “I look forward to the next three-plus years.”
In August 2017, Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield agreed to a contract extension through the 2019-20 academic year that pays about $219,000 annually, with increases “equal to the percentage increase of the average teacher salary for that fiscal year.”
Meanwhile, in Gwinnett County, Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks’ salary was nearly $570,000 for the 2018 fiscal year (the last year for which data is publicly available).
In Forsyth County, Superintendent Jeffrey Bearden earns $311,542 each year.
And before resigning last year amid a lawsuit alleging racist and discriminatory behavior, Buford City Schools Superintendent Geye Hamby was making $308,000 annually.