Unanimous vote gives superintendent 3-percent raise
No debate, no Meiklejohn, one threat of litigation
By Chris Busby
The Portland School Committee voted unanimously tonight, with no internal debate and one member absent, to grant Superintendent Mary Jo O'Connor a three-percent raise. At the start of her new three-year contract in July, O'Connor, the highest-paid public employee in Portland, will earn a salary of $111,959.
School board member Ben Meiklejohn, whose motion to halve the size of the pay hike during the board's Nov. 30 meeting unleashed a flurry of partisan bickering, was absent from tonight's meeting due to a previously scheduled professional commitment. Reached afterward, he said he would have voted against the three-percent raise.