A contract the Jefferson Parish School Board will consider offering its newly chosen school superintendent Wednesday night seems to fall basically in line with the one his predecessor had.
If approved during the board’s 6 p.m. meeting at Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School in Kenner, the contract would set Isaac Joseph’s annual salary at $230,000, or about $19,000 a month. The previous superintendent, James Meza, was paid $248,000 a year.
The contract is set to take effect May 1 and run through Dec. 31, 2017.
Joseph also would be reimbursed for up to $600 a month in out-of-pocket business expenses, plus a car allowance. Meza’s monthly reimbursement for business expenses was $1,000, plus a car allowance.
Joseph’s proposed contract is one of several items on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting, a special session the board said it would call after selecting the new superintendent by a 6-3 vote on April 15.
Joseph beat out five other candidates, including Michelle Blouin-Williams, who has been serving as the interim school superintendent since Meza retired at the end of January.
Joseph, a 29-year veteran of the Jefferson school system, most recently has been executive director of grants and federal programs.
Meza was brought in as an interim superintendent in 2011, but his contract was later renewed through 2014. Blouin-Williams was his deputy superintendent.
As Meza’s interim replacement, Blouin-Williams earned what would have amounted to an annual salary of $225,000, with a $500 monthly reimbursement for job-related expenses.