In the same year that Harford County Public School employees flooded school board meetings to protest potential salary cuts and actual increases in their healthcare costs, Harford Schools Superintendent Robert M. Tomback will not receive a performance bonus for his first year on the job.
Dr. Tomback’s four-year employment contract with the Harford County Board of Education calls for a bonus of up to 10% of the superintendent’s annual salary, dependent upon a performance evaluation and “if prevailing economic conditions permit, as determined by the Board,”. Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications for HCPS, said the bonus was not awarded this year, strictly due to economic conditions.
By contract, the school board is to complete an evaluation of the superintendent’s performance by June 15 of each year. Upon receiving the highest rating in at least 80% of the evaluation categories, the superintendent is eligible to receive a bonus, but the decision is at the sole discretion of the school board, within the 10% limit. This year’s bonus could have been as high as $19,000, based on the superintendent’s current salary of $190,000.
Regarding the outcome of the superintendent’s first evaluation, Teri Kranefeld of HCPS wrote in an e-mail:
“As with any employee personnel information, I cannot discuss with you the results of an evaluation. I can tell you that the bonus was not administered specifically due to the prevailing economic conditions.”