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Terms of Keresztes' employment as interim superintendent

Wednesday night's Buffalo School Board meeting was productive, but long. At 11:40 pm, the board came out of a closed session to approve a two-page employment agreement with Will Kerestzes. (This is why News reporters stay to the very end.) The letter lays out the terms of his employment and compensation.

Of primary interest is Keresztes compensation as interim superintendent. He will earn a daily rate of $345 in addition to his regular pay as chief of student support services. Though Keresztes is not expected to stay in the position longer than a few weeks at most, we did some math for fun.

Assuming a five-day work week, Keresztes' additional pay would calculate out to $1,725 a week, or $89,700 a year. That would be in addition to the $134,160 he already earns from his prior position, leading to a total salary of $223,860 a year. That compares to former Superintendent Pamela Brown's annual salary of $217,500 (though she also received a $10,000 performance bonus).

There's no way Keresztes would actually earn $223,860 since he's only expected to hang onto his seat until the incoming board can name a new longer-term interim superintendent in July. Keresztes has also publicly stated that he will not apply for the longer-term interim job (though he might be interested in the permanent one down the road).

Below is his employment agreement with the School Board, which was signed shortly before midnight. To review Wednesday's board meeting, Keresztes' first as as interim leader, check out the live blog from the meeting also posted on the School Zone blog. 

-- Sandra Tan

Keresztes Superintendent Agreement

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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

@TiffanyLankes | tlankes@buffnews.com


Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

@BNschoolzone | stan@buffnews.com


Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

@DeidreWilliamsB | dswilliams@buffnews.com

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