O'Sullivan Contract Renewed

The Savannah-Chatham school superintendent is on the job for another three years. Late yesterday afternoon, the board of education voted eight to one to renew Superintendent John O'Sullivan's contract. After the vote, O'Sullivan thanked the board for his first two years and looked to the future.

"As pointed out by several board members on both sides, each of us has learned; I will say without question I have," he said. "I need to acknowledge the work ahead. We have a lot ahead and I'm looking at staff members and board members and we all need to realize we need to work hard."

The only vote against renewing the contract was that of David Lerch. He says giving O'Sullivan a $20,000-a-year raise, up to $160,000 a year, is too much. The Georgia Federation of Teachers agrees. They say the raise should be one percent at most, on par with other school board employees' raises.

Reported by: Holly Bristow, hbristow@wtoc.com