New Michigan School Chancellor Pay Could Hit $425K

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The new chancellor of a statewide district of lowest performing Michigan schools could see his annual salary rise to $425,000 from $225,000 by the end of his four-year contract.

The Detroit Free Press reports ( ) Tuesday that the pay raises would come if John Covington meets goals as head of the Education Achievement System.

Covington was hired last week to lead the lowest 5 percent of public schools across Michigan. He also gets a $175,000 signing bonus and a second-year salary of $325,000. A nonprofit will cover Covington's first-year pay.

He was hired away from the Kansas City, Mo., school district.

The Education Achievement System will start operating in designated Detroit schools in the 2012-13 school year and then expand statewide.

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