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School superintendent contract negotiations ongoing despite $235K salary offer


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Metropolitan School District's Board of Education is offering new superintendent Jennifer Cheatham significantly more money than the previous superintendent.

At Monday evening's school board meeting, president James Howard confirmed that they offered Cheatham a salary of $235,000.

This is $34,000 more or a 17 percent increase over the previous Madison superintendent, Dan Nerad. More, this is $50,000 more than Cheatham was earning in Chicago as chief of instruction, according to her application.

"We talked about making sure that the salary would draw really good candidates. And also looking at what superintendents are paid around the state and having it in line with the rest of the superintendents. We are the second largest district in the state, so it's important that the salary reflect that," Howard said.

Howard said the school board was negotiating the contract with Cheatham. However, Howard said they did not have a timeframe in mind. Only that he hopes they can finish negotiations as soon as possible.

"The negotiations are going just fine and we don't think there are any complications at this point," Howard said.

After the school board's closed session, Howard said there were no further updates on strategies regarding Cheatham's contract negotiation.

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