Speculation about the future of Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho may help him land a raise.
But Carvalho insists he’s not leaving before his contract is up in 2020, and on Monday he offered a bold promise: that he’d donate his salary back to the school district in his last year of service.
“I want that to be my gift to the community -- one year’s worth of salary,” he said, noting the end of his contract will mark 30 years of service with the school district.
Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times called Carvalho a top contender to lead that city’s school system, the second largest in the country. That prompted Miami-Dade school board chairwoman Perla Tabares Hantman to ask Carvalho at a committee meeting Monday whether the 2014 Superintendent of the Year was contemplating the offer.
Carvalho, once again, said no.
“I love this community. I love what we’re doing,” he said. “I cannot see myself doing my work with anybody else.”
But the latest speculation about Carvalho’s future was enough for Hantman to recommend opening up the superintendent’s contract for renegotiation. In response, the board lavished Carvalho with praise for his work -- Marta Perez Wurtz described him as being as close to perfect as possible -- and multiple members suggested he’s due for a raise.
“There is a price you pay for not having someone like you. So with that, I would like to say that we have to address you. We have not given you a raise,” said board member Lubby Navarro.
Carvalho’s base salary is $318,000, according to his contract. That’s less than his predecessor, who made $345,000. Carvalho, who became superintendent in 2008, said he wants to keep it that way.
He also said he has already given back the equivalent of one year of his salary through a variety of ways, like allowing vacation time to expire, donating speaking fees and sticking with the same SUV his predecessor drove.
“It is the fair thing to do,” he said.
Hantman said she plans on bringing an agenda item to discuss the superintendent’s contract to the board’s December meeting.