School committee extends Superintendent Weiss’s contract

Ralph Stewart

The All-Island School Committee (AISC) voted at a meeting on October 18 to approve a two-year contract extension for superintendent of schools James Weiss. His contract was set to expire on June 30, 2013.

Under the contract extension Mr. Weiss will receive a salary of $153,817, a 2.75 percent increase, in Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) and $158,047, also a 2.75 percent increase, in FY15.

“We’re thrilled to extend his contract,” AISC chairman Susan Mercier of Edgartown told The Times in a phone call Wednesday. “The years Jim has been here have been phenomenal, and we’re clearly more than pleased with all of the work he’s accomplished within the school system. I think he is a tremendous asset, an incredibly hard-working man who is deeply committed not only to education here, but also the Vineyard.”

Mr. Weiss started his job as superintendent of Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools (MVPS) in July 2005. In September 2009 the AISC accepted a proposal from Mr. Weiss for changes in his contract, which would end June 30, 2011. He offered to forego his scheduled 4 percent salary increase for FY11. He also requested to extend his contract by two years through June 30, 2013, and to apply the wage increase over the additional years.

Under the contract’s revised terms, Mr. Weiss received a salary of $145,350, a 2 percent increase, in FY12, and $149,700, a 3 percent increase, in FY13.

As MVPS superintendent, Mr. Weiss oversees 2,087 students in separate elementary school districts in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Tisbury, and two regional school districts, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School District and the Up-Island Regional School District.

Mr. Weiss’s budget includes not only his office but also shared services and programs, including special education, which are provided through the superintendent’s office to all of the schools. The costs are divided among the Island’s five school districts.