School Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick III received about an 8.3 percent raise Tuesday from the Loudoun County School Board, increasing his annual salary from $120,000 to $130,000.
It is the second time in two years that the board awarded him an annual pay raise of $10,000.
Since the 1995-96 school year, Hatrick's salary has risen 31.9 percent, from $98,555 to $130,000, according to minutes of School Board meetings. He has received a raise every year but two during his eight-year tenure as Loudoun's top school official.
The School Board also will contribute $5,000 to Hatrick's retirement fund. The new salary and benefits package is retroactive to July 1.
The vote to increase Hatrick's salary was 6 to 3, with board members D. Kim Price-Munoz (Sterling), Jeffrey M. Maged (Leesburg), and Harry F. Holsinger (Blue Ridge) dissenting. They said they voted against the raise because it exceeds the 5 percent pay increase the board granted teachers.
"We have a great superintendent," Maged said. "But when we can't give teachers a comparable raise, and we're losing teachers, I can't support it."
Holsinger also said that he wanted the pay increase tied to improved student performance, which is becoming increasingly common in superintendent contracts across the region.
Despite the salary jump, Hatrick, 53, is still among the lowest paid superintendents in the Washington area. But many of his colleagues run districts with more students and employees.
Fairfax County Superintendent Daniel A. Domenech is paid $159,000 in the 155,000-student district. Jerry Weast, the new school superintendent in the 128,000-student Montgomery County district, was awarded a $237,794 annual salary.
Alexandria Superintendent Herbert Berg makes a base salary of $121,000, in a district with 10,000 students. Loudoun enrollment is more than twice that, and in September, the student population is expected to grow to nearly 29,000.
That is Hatrick's biggest challenge: managing the enrollment growth in Virginia's fastest-growing school district, the third fastest nationwide. The district must build 22 new schools in the next six years to accommodate the booming student population.
School board members gave Hatrick his annual evaluation during a 2 1/2-hour closed-door meeting June 22. At that time, no decision was made about a raise.
While board members wouldn't reveal details of the evaluation, Chairman Joseph W. Vogric (Dulles) said the board was pleased with Hatrick's performance.
"He's underpaid" when compared with superintendents in other jurisdictions, Vogric said. "This is a person with 30 years' experience in the school system, [who has been] keeping up with the growth and doing such a good job in maintaining that growth and maintaining an excellent school system."