At the beginning of their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017, the Granville County Board of Education held a special ceremony for the official swearing in of Dr. Alisa R. McLean as Superintendent of Granville County Public Schools. On hand to observe her taking the oath of office were Dr. McLean’s family, friends and former coworkers. Her husband, Frank McLean, daughter, Amari McLean, and her parents, Dr. and Mrs. A.C. Robinson, participated in the ceremony which was presided by The Honorable Carolyn J. Thompson, District Court Judge of the 9th Judicial District.
Following a brief break in the agenda, the Board resumed its regular meeting, and covered a variety of topics related to the upcoming opening of school. During one portion of the meeting, Dr. McLean provided an update on her role thus far, sharing thoughts on how her first two and a half weeks had been, “I have met with so many wonderful people from the community, and received such a generous outpouring of support and hospitality. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to come to this district, and I truly feel like we are poised for great things. I want everyone to join me in being committed to excellence and achievement for all.”
The Board also provided copies and information about Dr. McLean’s contract, as well as information about superintendent contracts from across the state in order to provide context and comparison. Her compensation includes a base salary of $124,128, and a doctoral supplement of $3,036, both of which are paid for by the state. In addition, Dr. McLean will receive a local supplement of $30,000, for a total salary of $157,164. The only additional benefits include a retirement/annuity supplement of $19,000, contributions to state retirement of $9,430, and dental and health insurance valued at $678. Public Information Officer Stan Winborne noted that the contract was more noteworthy perhaps for what it did not contain. “This is a pretty simple contract. There are no special perks or expenses added to the base salary like you might see in other contracts across the state. The Board was rather conservative in negotiating this compensation package, and the taxpayers should be pleased with how it stacks up against other districts.”
Dr. McLean offered her perspective on the arrangement, saying, “Again, I am just so honored and excited to come to Granville County Public Schools. I chose to come here because I see great potential here. It is evident that real progress has been made in recent years. Student achievement is on the rise, and I fully intend to help lift this district up to a world-class level. I think not only can we be the best in the state, but nationally recognized as well. Excellence is my standard.”
The next regularly scheduled Board of Education will take place on Monday, September 4 at 6:00 pm.