New Alpena schools chief to make $135K
ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education on Monday formally inked a contract with the district’s new superintendent, David Rabbideau, and awarded the superintendent with emergency powers to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rabbideau’s first day is Sept. 28. The board agreed to pay him an annual base salary of $135,000, according to board President Gordon Snow. Rabbideau will also be paid $5,000 for in-district mileage and for other incidentals, according to a news release from the district after the school board meeting on Monday.
Former superintendent John VanWagoner, who is now superintendent in Traverse City, made about $139,000 a year in base salary.
The board was unable to provide The News with a copy of Rabbideau’s contract on Monday.
Snow said Rabbideau has the opportunity to earn a $1,000 bonus each time he earns an effective rating on his evaluation, starting with his December 2021 evaluation. Rabbideau will earn a 1% salary hike when he receives his doctorate from Oakland University.
Rabbideau was in Alpena on Monday and attended the videoconferenced school board meeting from the district’s central office. His wife, Catherine, his parents, and all five of his children tuned in to the virtual meeting.
Interim Superintendent Susan Wooden welcomed Rabbideau to the district and the community, saying she was proud of him for taking the position with APS and she will support him in the future.
Rabbideau thanked the board and said the job is the highlight of his career, for many reasons.
“Just the opportunity to hand each of my children their diplomas as they walk across the stage is a great, great honor and a privilege,” he said. “To be able to serve the district that my children attend has been a goal of mine throughout my career, so this is just a great opportunity.”
Rabbideau said he can’t wait to get to work.
The board also approved a resolution that awards the superintendent emergency powers for this school year, granting “greater flexibility to respond quickly and appropriately to the evolving crisis, including compliance with executive orders and also adapting to the changing environment, including provision of alternative modes of instruction.”
The resolution allows the superintendent to comply with executive orders or follow guidance from public health officials related to the coronavirus or the implementation of the district’s emergency preparedness plan.
It also allows him to enter into contracts for any dollar amount to purchase materials, equipment, supplies, or services related to the coronavirus pandemic and to implement new policies in response to executive orders or to fulfill the district’s emergency preparedness plan.