TUCKAHOE, N.Y. Tuckahoe Schools Superintendent Edward Reilly will be paid about a quarter of a million dollars for a year of service to the school district, it was revealed on Wednesday.
Tuckahoe Board of Education President Julio Urbina said the district will pay Reilly $252,000 and grant him 20 paid vacation days. But Urbina said the district will save significantly because Reilly gets health benefits from the Port Jefferson School District, from which he is retired. In an even greater savings, Urbina said, Reilly will be not be able to accrue his time off and cash those days in, something retired Superintendent Michael Yazurlo was contractually allowed to do.
"The community has asked us (the board) to be smarter with contracts and we eliminated the ability of the new superintendent to accrue personal time and present us with a large bill at the end of the year for time he did not use and we are obligated to pay him for," Urbina said.
Reilly was hired in August as an interim superintendent with a pay rate of $1,050 per day with a 240 day commitment from the board of education. The board unanimously approved his switch from interim superintendent to superintendent at its regular meeting on Monday night.
The board did not reveal any of the details of the agreement at the meeting, opting to wait until the contract was signed. When the contract was signed early Tuesday, Urbina released the information and the contract itself has been posted on the district's website.
Prior to coming to Tuckahoe, Reilly served as superintendent of the Port Jefferson School District for more than a decade before he retired. He was retired for at least five years before he came to the Tuckahoe School District.
Urbina said the district discovered Reilly was the best choice for the job after a search for a superintendent netted few qualified candidates
"We sent out letters and placed an advertisement in an educational job website and we received 58 responses," Urbina said. "We considered each resume and interviewed three candidates, who had good experience but were not quite right for the district."
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