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April 3, 2014

Superintendent Scully up for raise, extension

School Superintendent James Scully is up for a contract extension and possibly a pay raise.

The School Committee voted unanimously last week to begin negotiations to extend his contract, which expires this summer.

A former Lawrence superintendent and Consentino School principal in Haverhill, Scully, 66, came out of retirement in 2010 to serve as Haverhill’s interim superintendent and was given the permanent job six months later. He currently makes $185,000 per year.

In an interview recently, Scully said he would like to lead the Haverhill school district for three to five more years and finish his educational career here. Either way, he said he has no plans to retire soon.

“I retired a few years ago and I didn’t enjoy it at all,” he said. “I have a lot of energy and I want to be working. If the committee wants me to stay, I’ll stay here. If not, I’ll look to go somewhere else.”

Scully is the city’s second highest paid employee to Public Safety Commissioner Alan DeNaro, who was paid $215,000 last year and recently received a 10.25 percent pay raise to his base $165,000 police chief salary. DeNaro receives additional pay to oversee the fire department and as emergency management director. Mayor James Fiorentini, by comparison, makes $90,000 per year.

Scully declined to talk numbers, but said he wants to be paid a salary that is “comparable to school superintendents in similar cities” if he agrees to an extension.

The Haverhill district includes roughly 8,000 students, 1,200 employees,12 school buildings and a budget of around $90 million. The central office also oversees Trinity Stadium, a busing program for about 6,000 students and serving about 8,200 meals per day, Scully said.

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