David Lewis hired as Muscogee superintendent - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Text Description

Contract details for new Muscogee County Superintendent David Lewis

Posted: Updated:
MCSD Superintendent David Lewis MCSD Superintendent David Lewis
Superintendent David Lewis sitting with Muscogee County School Board Superintendent David Lewis sitting with Muscogee County School Board
Superintendent David Lewis and his wife Superintendent David Lewis and his wife
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The Muscogee County School District has officially hired David Lewis as the new superintendent. He was unanimously approved by the school board during a Tuesday afternoon called board meeting.

He comes from Polk County, Florida where he served as the Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning.

Lewis was welcomed with a standing ovation and some laughs as Former Interim Superintendent Dr. John Phillips handed him his name plate. He will serve a three-year term.

After a year of searching, board members are finally happy the district has a permanent leader. "I'm real excited. The district can go forward. We can get new ideas from Mr. Lewis," said Board Member Naomi Buckner.

Lewis' base salary will be $170,000, which mirrors Former Superintendent Dr. Susan Andrews' salary. Their contracts share many similarities including a $600 a month car allowance for official use, reimbursement for any business travel and membership and conference fees for professional organizations.

When Dr. Phillips became superintendent in 2003 he started off making, less money, around $150,000. When he left in 2006 he was earning around $162,000.

The district will pay for all of Lewis' relocation expenses including up to six months of temporary housing.

In addition to 15 vacation days, he'll also get 10 days of professional leave for the next year and a half to complete his doctorate degree.

Starting Wednesday, Phillips will start work as a temporary assistant superintendent within the district to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. He'll hold that position through the end of August. He will be paid a combined $34,000 for the months of July and August, which includes his work as interim leader and assistant. The majority of the funds will come from the remaining $30,000 in the superintendent's $200,000 budget.

"We got one superintendent and we got an assistant superintendent but we are paying the price for two superintendents…. But it's only for six weeks… I wish we could do it for free, but some things don't come free," said Board Member Mark Cantrell.

In the school board's tight financial times, News 3 asked Board Chair Rob Varner why Dr. Phillips' salary wasn't lowered for his new position. "I don't know how I would answer that question, we didn't discuss that possibility... again his service is going to be valuable it's not wrong to pay him that amount of money when he is going to be providing such a wealth of information in a short period of time."

The district spent nearly $59.6 thousand and used two search firms to find the new superintendent.

Nominate a story idea to be investigated

  • It's Your Money: Story Idea Submission

    Submit your story ideas for our next "It's Your Money" segment.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission. WRBL News 3 will review your idea and may get back to your with additional questions.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Industrial Accident at International Paper Company Leaves One Man Dead

    UPDATE: Victim Identified in Fatal Accident at International Paper Company

    UPDATE: Victim Identified in Fatal Accident at International Paper Company

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:43:14 GMT
    Savannah Fire Department and Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are on the scene of an industrial accident at the International Paper Company on West Lathrop Avenue in Savannah. Spokesman Mark Keller says Savannah Fire arrived on the scene and commenced CPR, but the man was unresponsive.Details are limited now. Stay with WSAV for the latest, as News Three's Ian Margol is on the scene learning more.
    Savannah Fire Department and Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are on the scene of an industrial accident at the International Paper Company on West Lathrop Avenue in Savannah. Spokesman Mark Keller says Savannah Fire arrived on the scene and commenced CPR, but the man was unresponsive.Details are limited now. Stay with WSAV for the latest, as News Three's Ian Margol is on the scene learning more.
  • UPDATE: Man Arrested in Statesboro Bar Fight Death Denied Bond

    UPDATE: Man Arrested in Statesboro Bar Fight Death Denied Bond

    Saturday, August 30 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:31:41 GMT
    A 20 year old is in custody, accused of beating 18 Year old GSU freshman Michael Gatto to death inside a club
    A 20 year old is in custody, accused of beating 18 Year old GSU freshman Michael Gatto to death inside a club
  • UPDATE: Victim Dies in Skidaway Rd. Shooting

    UPDATE: Victim Dies in Skidaway Rd. Shooting

    Saturday, August 30 2014 2:27 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:27:44 GMT
    A man is in the hospital after a shooting Friday night on Savannah's eastside.
    A man is in the hospital after a shooting Friday night on Savannah's eastside.
  • It's Your MoneyMore>>

  • Georgia Transportation group learns from Columbus TSPLOST

    Georgia Transportation group learns from Columbus TSPLOST

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:30:55 GMT
    List of all eight TSPLOST projectsList of all eight TSPLOST projects
    The Georgia Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding came to Columbus Monday to learnhow local tax dollars are being used. The group is made up of 13 state legislators and transportation gurus, and their main goal is to find out how best to save the state money while also improving mobility. Columbus is the second stop on the committee's tour of the state.The focus of the meeting was how the TSPLOSTpenny-tax is funneling $300 million intothe city's infrastructur...
    The Georgia Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding came to Columbus Monday to learnhow local tax dollars are being used. The group is made up of 13 state legislators and transportation gurus, and their main goal is to find out how best to save the state money while also improving mobility. Columbus is the second stop on the committee's tour of the state.The focus of the meeting was how the TSPLOSTpenny-tax is funneling $300 million intothe city's infrastructur...
  • Crude prices fall

    Crude prices fall

    Tuesday, December 10 2013 7:22 AM EST2013-12-10 12:22:00 GMT
    The cost for a barrel of oil fell last week for the sixth week in a row and remains below $95 a barrel. Although crude prices moved lower, retail gas prices remained relatively flat from the week prior.
    The cost for a barrel of oil fell last week for the sixth week in a row.
  • Social Security benefits to go up next year

    Social Security benefits to go up next year

    Thursday, November 21 2013 9:15 AM EST2013-11-21 14:15:00 GMT
    Social Security benefits for nearly 58 million people will increase by 1.5 percent next year. The annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on a government measure of inflation that was released
    Social Security benefits for nearly 58 million people will increase by 1.5 percent next year. The annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on a government measure of inflation that was released
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.