North Carolina School System Superintendent Says No Thanks To $7,500 Dollar Raise

The chief of a North Carolina school system says he doesn't want a $7,500 raise that is called for in his contract.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports that Guilford County school superintendent Maurice Green told the school board that giving him the 3 percent raise during the poor economy would create a hardship for the school system.

Green's salary is $250,000 and his contract calls for a raise in
July. The school board unanimously approved Green's request.

Guilford County faces a potential $8 million sales tax revenue
shortfall and the state, which also funds local schools, is facing
a $2.2 billion revenue deficit.


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  • by concerned citizen Location: eastern nc on Feb 27, 2009 at 09:26 PM
    It is good that we have people like this that will turn the pay raises down when they are already earning a good salary and the economy has gone down the toilet. If people would read the article they would see that it clearly says that his contract says that he was due a pay raise in July. I am sure that this contract was signed before the economy went down the toilet so it's not like they offered him the pay raise during a bad economy. There is no paragraph in contracts that says " 2 years from now you will get a $7500 pay raise as long as the economy is good". It is nice to know that we still have caring people in this world.
  • by glenn Location: greenville,n.c. on Feb 27, 2009 at 07:30 PM
    bet if it was in Pitt County, our Superintentend would not have turned it down. Thanks for caring people in the world.
  • by admire him Location: enc on Feb 27, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    That was a honorable thing to do, but like Louise I believe he should have accepted it and passed it on to the school system.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    A true hero. I hope that it is contagious. ALPHA female...go back up north..We will not miss you that much..
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 27, 2009 at 04:57 PM
    $250,000 ... oh yes.. I'm going to eventually be superintendent... and you guys won't even know it's ALPHA! .. I'm not taking the high road, I'm taking the raise! ...Four years and I'm a millionaire... who cares what some broke parents think of me LOL
  • by Jayson Location: GV on Feb 27, 2009 at 04:38 PM
    There's a first...a lawyer turns down money. He has a law degree and was in private practice for a while in Charlotte. He had about 2 yrs of educational experience with Charlotte-Meck schools, before Guilford Co. Many in Guilford Co questioned his hiring, due to lack of experience.
  • by Momof3 Location: Greenville on Feb 27, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    Just want to first say that it is nice of him to turn down the raise. Now, I'd like to point out that if he had accepted then he would make enough money to be in a new tax bracket that will being paying more in taxes with our new president. Just a note, I am not positive, but the new taxes may be more than the raise, so it may have been more than a nice jesture, but it may have been a smart move as well.
  • by kf Location: grifton on Feb 27, 2009 at 01:33 PM
    Congratulations!
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Feb 27, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    Talking about overpaid...Dr. Anthony Parker, who was the superintendent in Beaufort County for a couple of years, is now superintendent of Berkeley County, South Carolina School System with a 3-year contract valued at $195,000,000. Leave Superintendent Green alone. Obviously his school district is doing pretty well given that they would offer him a raise during these times. Dr. Parker must be great asset as well.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 27, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    Seems like all of our state officials are overpaid. So if you wonder where all the money is, its paid to gov officials. This may be noble on his part but how many make the salary of $250K per year? Is this why NC never has enough money for the schools?
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