SMITHFIELD – Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy has received a contract extension. The board voted unanimously to extend Dr. Bracy’s contract one additional year.
Bracy was hired in May 2020 as the new superintendent and signed a four year contract, ending June 30, 2024. At their August 10, 2021 meeting, the school board voted unanimously to extend the contract to June 30, 2025. No other terms of the contract were changed.
The contract extension was not formally signed by school board chair Todd Sutton and Vice Chair Terri Sessoms until October 12, 2021. School officials declined to release a copy of the contract until it was signed. When Dr. Bracy was first hired, a copy of his unsigned contract was released without issue.
“It is an honor to have the support of the Johnston County Board of Education,” Dr. Bracy told The Johnston County Report. “The students of Johnston County deserve the very best, and I am deeply committed to reaching our district’s goal of having all of our school’s earn a school letter grade of either an A, B, or C by the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year. I look forward to continuing to work with our Board, staff, students, and communities to make this happen.”
Dr. Bracy was hired last year at a starting salary of $195,000. He will receive $20,000 in performance pay every 12 months if he meets “measureable goals for improvement” as specified by the school board.
Bracy and his dependents receive full medical insurance coverage, including dental and vision under the state health plan. The school system deposits $200 per month in a flexible spending account for use by Dr. Bracy, his spouse, and his dependents as permitted by law.
In addition, a $10,000 per year payment is made to a tax-deferred annuity program of the Superintendent’s choosing upon completion of each 12 months of his contract. The school board also pays for the cost of membership for professional and civic organizations he joins.
The school chief also received $500 per month for travel reimbursement within Johnston County, and is reimbursed for any additional travel outside Johnston County.
Under the terms of the contract, if Dr. Bracy resigns, he must give the school board at least 60 days written notice. If he is dismissed, his severance pay will equal the salary he would have earned for the remaining time of his contract.
Bracy’s starting salary of $195,000 was less than the starting pay of former superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow who received $215,022 when he was hired for the job in 2016. Under Renfrow’s employment contract, if terminated, he would have received compensation equal to two years salary, or the end date of the contract, whichever was sooner.
According to Salary.com, the average salary of a public school superintendent in North Carolina is $158,811.