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Allen ISD Superintendent receives 2-percent raise
Allen ISD Superintendent Ken Helvey will receive a 2-percent pay raise and a one-year contract extension following a unanimous vote from the Allen ISD Board of Trustees last week. The $4,660 raise brings his annual salary to $237,660.
Helvey has been superintendent since 2006 and did not receive a raise last year. AISD spokesperson Tim Carroll said that the raises the superintendent has received have been consistent with staff raises over the years.
“Dr. Helvey has done an excellent job leading Allen ISD this past year,” said Gary Stocker, Allen ISD Board of Trustees president. “Under Dr. Helvey's leadership the district is excitedly progressing into year two of our Strategic Plan; we successfully opened the Allen Eagle multi-purpose stadium; and he was recognized as the Texas Association of School Boards Superintendent of the Year for the Education Service Center Region 10. Dr. Helvey's raise recognizes his efforts and reflects the same percentage increase staff received this current school year.”
The AISD Board approved a one-time, lump-sum payment of $2 million to district employees in September. The pay increase was for 2012 only and was approved by a 4-3 vote with trustees Mark Jones, Jason Shepherd and Carl Clemencich in dissent.
Permanent full-time professional employees received an extra $1,000 under the plan.
The vote on Helvey's raise came after his annual performance review, which is private per the terms of his contract.
Helvey's salary is midrange compared to the pay rate of superintendents from four neighboring school districts. He is paid less than Frisco ISD's Jeremy Lyon ($265,000) and Plano ISD's Richard Matkin ($277,000), but more than Lovejoy ISD's Ted Moore ($208,250) – who makes the most per student –and McKinney ISD's J.D. Kennedy ($227,803).
Lyon's and Matkin's districts each have more than twice as many students as Allen ISD.
Helvey's contract states that at any time the school board can adjust his salary, though it can't reduce it to less than it was during the previous year unless he agrees to the change.
In addition to his base pay, Helvey is compensated for business expenditures and his health insurance is paid fully. His compensation package also includes a fully-paid life insurance policy equal to 2.5 times his annual salary and a severance package equal to one year's pay or the salary left on his current contract, whichever is less.