SUWANEE -- Elected officials with Gwinnett County Public Schools continue to put trust in the leadership of Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks.
The school board voted 4-0 last week during its monthly meeting to extend Wilbanks' contract for two years, the allotted amount of time local legislation allows for such an agreement. Board member Dan Seckinger was absent due to an illness.
On Wednesday, the district released a copy of the contract, which details the terms and compensation for his employment with the school system from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014.
His base salary is $348,259 per year, the same amount he was paid during the previous contract time period.
School Board Chairwoman Louise Radloff said Wilbanks is worth every penny.
"This is the largest district in the state of Georgia and one of the largest in the country," Radloff said. "We need the exceptional expert leadership and the vision that he can offer us."
Added Radloff: "Few people in the country have his insight. You have to pay that kind of price for someone like Mr. Wilbanks who works 24/7 ... he really earns it."
According to his contract, Wilbanks' responsibilities include administration of the school system under direction of the board, implementation of all policies of the board, financial planning of the district, acting as a liaison between the school system and the community and ensuring "that every school within the system provides a quality and effective instructional program in all subject areas taught."
The superintendent's total compensation includes his base salary plus a cost of living increase equal to that of the average increase for teachers. Neither teachers nor Wilbanks received a cost of living increase in 2011.
A monthly retirement supplement of $3,500 is included in his base salary as well as a transportation allowance of $1,500 per month.
Wilbanks has been superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools since 1996.