It’s the same base salary and benefits- mostly it’s the same contract.
Details on the proposed deal between the Duval County School Board and Dr. Nikolai Vitti have been released, and it was approved in a final vote by the school board scheduled.
Under the contract, which you can read off to the left, the base salary is identical to current Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals at $275,000. There are relatively standard clauses including moving reimbursements, yearly reviews, benefits and termination scenarios.
Board member Betty Burney says the "only real difference" between Pratt-Dannals' contract and Vitti's contract is Vitti's moving expenses.
Phone and car stipends had been a point of contention during negotiations. The Board did not want anything more outlined for Vitti because of a tight budget the districts works with.
"If he wants to use a car for business, he can check out a fleet car," said board member W.C. Gentry. "Same is true of every other employee."
"If he wants to use his own car for business, he can file milage - same for every other employee."
Gentry said when the recession hit, they took out the cell phone and leased car stipends to save money for the district.
"And so that was the point that we wanted to follow through with, which is that the superintendent's package is the same as our executive staff package." he said.
One notable difference is the different calendar Vitti will work under. Pratt-Dannals has a contract which expired with the calendar year, in December. Vitti’s contract aligns with the fiscal year, ending June 30. This is designed to streamline the process and make it easier to replace Vitti down the road.
"It's a better timing mechanism than was in the old contract," Gentry said.
The contract takes effect November 12 and lasts through June 30, 2016.Vitti was approved by the board September 25, 2012. He currently works in Miami-Dade schools.
According to a district statement, Dr. Vitti and his wife and four kids will move to the Duval County area in the coming months. His children will attend public schools.