Homan’s contract

Not sure if this is the document that everyone has been gushing over, but, this is what I found; 2010-2015 Superintendent Employment Agreement

These two paragraphs really peaked my interest;

$5,200 for entertainment?! I could go to Scarlett’s every day of the week for a year and have trouble spending that (couch dances and all)!

It amazes me we piss and moan about Johnny getting a free lunch, while our tax dollars go towards entertaining our Super of Schools.

UPDATE: I also found this part of the contract ‘interesting’ I guess after the school board hires her they can no longer tell her what to do. Am I missing something here? I thought it was the school board’s job to be HER boss, not the other way around.


#1 John on 07.02.12 at 2:22 am

“Local control” is just another phrase for graft.

#2 anominous on 07.02.12 at 8:03 am

A company car with free gas. Something left over from the auto shop class, I assume?

#3 Testor15 on 07.02.12 at 8:22 am

a ’79 Caprice Classic with Bondo bulges?

#4 Observer on 07.02.12 at 8:34 am

This probably isn’t unique for a school district of this size. Maybe you could post the entire contract?

#5 Lamb Chislic on 07.02.12 at 8:56 am

This contract is riddled with head shakers.

Did the school board simply sign a blank sheet of paper and tell her to do as she pleased? After two years, she is already above the base salary of $181,000. The $50,000 GMC is a nice perk, not to mention the free gas and insurance. Four weeks vacation, three weeks sick leave, and pretty much unlimited paid leave for freelance “consulting”. And let’s not forget TWO deferred compensation packages PLUS a 10% bonus at the end of the five-year contract! I could go on and on.

Remember all the controversy a few years back about her little acreage between Sioux Falls and Brandon. I wonder if we’ll still pay for the gas if she decides to buy Ted Turner’s buffalo ranch:
12. RESIDENCY. Superintendent agrees to reside in the State of South Dakota throughout the term of this Agreement. Failure of Superintendent to do so shall be grounds for termination of this Agreement by the District.

#6 Testor15 on 07.02.12 at 9:00 am

“unlimited paid leave for freelance “consulting” .” Isn’t this what we are also discussing with SOS office?

Don’t we hire these people to do our work for the inflated salaries they are given?

#7 Detroit Lewis on 07.02.12 at 9:02 am

Maybe this is why she wanted to keep it a secret?

The entire contract IS posted above.

#8 Muqhtar on 07.02.12 at 9:46 am

So what do the superintendents of other school districts make? And in comparison what do the supers of *larger* school districts make? No matter where I look though these school superintendents, especially for “urban” districts, have these ridiculous and over-the-top compensation packages.

#9 Pathloss on 07.02.12 at 12:05 pm

Expenses are not to exceed. I can see where she could get close for say several conventions. Car is required for travel to schools but she should live in the district. What really troubles me is the salary. Should be more like $100k.

#10 l3wis on 07.02.12 at 2:20 pm

It should be one or the other. Either well compensated and no perks or perks and fair compensation. I don’t think Dr. Homan is overpaid, but when you add up all the perks, she is sitting on a gold mine.

#11 Observer on 07.02.12 at 3:21 pm

Detroit Lewis – Not carrying the water for anyone here, but there are very few people eager to have their salary and benefits package made public – even when they work for the public. Based on comparable school districts, this is not especially over-the-top as perks and salary go. Look at the the top ten disricts in SD, all smaller than SF, and you’d be amazed. Being a superintendent is generally a pretty good gig.

#12 l3wis on 07.02.12 at 3:30 pm

Do you think she is worth a quarter million a year? I don’t think she is.

#13 Observer on 07.02.12 at 3:38 pm

No question about it, it’s a lot of money. Omaha Public Schools offered the Des Moines superintendent about $370K…

#14 Observer on 07.02.12 at 3:46 pm

By the by, I personally think the public has an absolute right to know the salary and benefits. They work for us. But there’s an unintended consequence here. Since it generally is public info, every superintendent knows pretty much what every other superintendent gets or got, (so do school boards) and the trajectory seems to always serves the superintendent’s interests.

When the current super goes on to greener pastures, her replacement will start negotiations at her base, plus, say 10%, with those same benefits (and maybe even a few more creative ones.)

#15 Joan on 07.02.12 at 8:31 pm

Ms. Homan did move into Sioux Falls roughly a year ago. However, the only time I think she needs the use of a district car is for out of town business trips. She shouldn’t be using it to get to and from work and for local errands. Unless things have changed an awful lot over the years I have yet to hear of a superintendent doing any entertaining for business purposes. All in all given all her perks I think she is over paid.

#16 l3wis on 07.02.12 at 8:38 pm

Wondering if anyone would stumble across this in the local media; http://www.keloland.com/NewsDetail6162.cfm/Homans_Contract_Released_Under_New_Law/?Id=133900

#17 l3wis on 07.02.12 at 8:51 pm

I encourage everyone to read the entire contract. She has more perks then a corporate CEO.

#18 anominous on 07.03.12 at 8:28 am

Just as I had suspected, no professional hair care plan.

#19 l3wis on 07.03.12 at 8:35 am

It is probably covered under the entertainment budget 🙂

I thought the Argue Endorser was a little soft on her;


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