Greenwood County School District 50’s incoming superintendent will earn less than his predecessor, but he will still be the highest-paid school district chief in the Lakelands when he begins on July 1.

According to Steve Glenn’s employment contract, he will earn $150,000 per year and will serve through June 30, 2022. According to self-reported ethics filings, no other superintendent in the Lakelands earns more than $140,000 in base salary. Glenn’s predecessor, 13-year district veteran Darrell Johnson, earned $188,000 according to ethics filings.

As with his predecessor, Glenn will receive a raise after each positive performance evaluation “equivalent to the same annual percentage increase authorized for certified teachers in the District.”

The format of the evaluation will be recommended by Glenn, agreed upon by the board and conducted every fall. The first evaluation, however, will be held in the summer of 2020, with the board of trustees reserving the right to conduct an interim evaluation in January or February of 2020.

Termination of Glenn’s contract would require six votes from the nine-member board, upon which he would receive severance equal to a year’s salary or the balance left on his contract — whichever is less.

Among the conditions of Glenn’s contract is his relocation from Abbeville County to District 50 before Sept. 1, the cost of which will be covered by the district.

“The superintendent shall have the option of designating any part of his salary to be contributed directly by the District to an annuity plan of (his) choice” and will also receive an annual contribution from the district, equal to 5% of his salary, should he receive a positive performance evaluation after the 2019-20 school year.

Among the other benefits of the position are:

  • Those enjoyed by the district’s other administrative employees and 12 days of vacation annually
  • A complete annual medical examination “in light of the unique nature of the professional duties of the superintendent” at the district’s expense, the results of which will be given to the board and kept confidential
  • A monthly automobile allowance of $625 for reimbursement for in-district travel
  • Payment of dues to the American Association of School Administrators and the South Carolina Association of School Administrators
  • Participation in and travel to school board and administrator-related programs and activities as well as seminars and courses offered by educational institutions. Such travel and participation would be reimbursed by the district.

Contact staff writer Aleks Gilbert at 864-943-5644.