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BOE approves Superintendent Wilbanks' contract extension

J. Alvin Wilbanks

J. Alvin Wilbanks

SUWANEE — After a unanimous vote Thursday night, CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks received a contract extension to lead Gwinnett County Public Schools for two more years.

The contract given to Wilbanks, 71, is the same base annual salary he’s had during the previous contract time period: $276,714. Two years is the allotted amount of time local legislation allows for such an agreement. The contract begins July 1 and runs through June 30, 2016. The new terms increased the payout of unused sick leave accrued from 30 days to 40 days.

“As we’ve discussed many times, I don’t think there’s a person in the country, frankly the world, better suited to do what you do,” Board Chairman Dan Seckinger told Wilbanks.

Wilbanks’ total compensation includes his base salary plus a cost of living increase equal to that of the average increase for teachers. A monthly retirement supplement of $3,500 is included in his base salary as well as a transportation allowance of $1,500 per month.

“I give you all I’ve got every day, and will continue to do that,” Wilbanks told school board members.

Wilbanks has been superintendent of the district since 1996.

Election of school board officers

The school board voted Dan Seckinger, who was vice chair last year, as chairman, and Mary K. Murphy vice chairman.

Seckinger, whose term expires in December, has served on the board since 1995. The owner and president of Seckinger Homes Inc., Seckinger represents all or part of the Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Collins Hill, Lanier, Mill Creek, Mountain View and North Gwinnett clusters.

Murphy, whose term expires in 2016, took office in 1997. She is the development officer at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and represents all or part of the Collins Hill, Duluth, Lanier, Norcross, North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge clusters, as well as the Buice School, GIVE Center West, Monarch School and New Life Academy of Excellence in Duluth and Norcross.

The board also appointed the law firm of Thompson, Sweeny, Kinsinger & Pereira as its attorney and the Daily Post as the official media organ.