From: "Meghan Ashford-Grooms" <mashford-grooms@statesman.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2011 17:10:29 -0500
To: Meghan Ashford-Grooms <mashford-grooms@statesman.com>

Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:58:49 -0500
From: OpenRecords@austinisd.org
To: Meghan Ashford-Grooms <mashford-grooms@statesman.com>


Austin ISD has received your information request and is responding via this email.  See below.

Melissa Sabatino
Administrative Supervisor, Public Information and Strategic Programs
Office of the Superintendent



1) According to the breakdown that you sent, Carstarphen received $12,000 for travel.  Does she receive that money in the form of reimbursements, or does she receive it in cash as an allowance?

Monthly travel allowance.

2) Carstarphen's contract notes that the district will pay membership fees and dues for her to be a part of certain professional and civic organizations.  What is the value of that benefit for the 2010-11 school year?
The district has not paid any civic membership dues for Dr. Carstarphen.  

3) Regarding Carstarphen's bonus: An Austin school district news release dated Aug. 24, 2010, says that Superintendent Carstarphen earned a performance bonus for the 2009-10 school year of $41,500.  Did Carstarphen receive that money?  If so, when did she receive it?
The Board took action in Oct 26, 2009 to establish the 2009-10 performance bonus measures, which included the contractual $25k as well as up to an additional $22,500 if the district could improve its academic performance at the three multi-year AU schools sufficiently to achieve an AA or better rating.  While not called for in the contract, the board established these additional incentive bonus performance objectives due to the extreme costs (both in terms of $, human capital and the existence of a TEA management team to oversee the district) of these campuses.
More information is available at the link below.
https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicAgenda.aspx?ak=227901&mk=20038426
See the Board agenda for August 23, 2010 at the following link.   http://www.boarddocs.com/tx/austinisd/Board.nsf/Public

4) Section 3.6 of Carstarphen's contract notes that she is to receive on or before Sept. 1, 2010, an annuity payment of $15,000.  Did that

occur?  Is that included in the summary breakdown that you sent to me on March 25?
Yes, it occurred.  No it was not included on the list of salary, stipends, and benefits which we provided on March 25th pursuant to your previous request.

5) Section 3.8 of the contract also says that the district will provide Carstarphen membership privileges at "at least one private luncheon club."  What is the value of that benefit for the 2010-11 school year?
Dr. Carstarphen has a membership at the Austin Club but the district does not pay a membership fee.

6) Section 3.10(b) of the contract states that the district shall pay the annual premium for a disability income protection insurance policy.  Do other district employees receive this benefit, or is this a special benefit for the superintendent?  What's the value of the benefit to Carstarphen for the 2010-11 school year?
Annual premium cost to the District for the Superintendent's long-term disability insurance policy is $9,953.26. No similar coverage is purchased by AISD for any other employee.

7) Section 3.10(c) of the contract says the district will pay for a life insurance policy for Carstarphen.  Is this a benefit that other district employees receive?  What's the value of the benefit to Carstarphen for the 2010-11 school year?
The annual premium for the Superintendent's 30 year Term Life policy is $1,045.75.  The face value of the policy is $825,000.00. The policy has no cash value.

8) What's the value of the desktop computer, laptop and fax machine that Section 3.11 of the contract says will be purchased by the district for Carstarphen's use at home?
The district provided a laptop to the Superintendent, but no home desktop for the Superintendent.


Meghan



On 3/25/2011 4:51 PM,
OpenRecords@austinisd.org wrote:
Austin ISD has received your information request and is responding via this email.  See below.


Melissa Sabatino
Administrative Supervisor, Public Information and Strategic Programs
Office of the Superintendent

To Whom It May Concern,

This a request under Texas open-records laws for the following information:

* A value for Superintendent Carstarphen's total compensation package for the 2010-11 school year.

Include all of the categories listed below, salary, travel, health insurance same as for all employees, and benefits (workers compensation, TRS, and FICA)



* A breakdown of the total compensation package for 2010-11.




* A copy of Carstarphen's contract for the 2010-11 school year.


Please note that Dr. Carstarphen has waived any bonus compensation as outlined in her contract.



As this information is being requested for the public good, we ask that
any fees associated with the request be waived if possible.

Thanks for your time and attention, and please call if there are any
questions about the request.

Meghan Ashford-Grooms