New superintendent to get $120K a year

WATERVLIET — Watervliet’s new superintendent will come into the district making just a little less money than the previous one did. 

Ric Seager, current high school principal in Schoolcraft, signed a three-year contract with Watervliet Public Schools Thursday night to be its new superintendent. 

Seager will make $120,000 a year, plus health and life insurance benefits. In addition, it includes up to $4,500 to help with moving expenses to move into the district. 

Last July, the Watervliet school board gave Kevin Schooley a 3 percent raise, making his yearly salary $121,600 before he left at the beginning of the year to take the South Haven superintendent position. Schooley now makes $135,000. 

According to the Mackinaw Center for Public Policy, Seager made $102,131 in 2018 at Schoolcraft Community Schools.

The board, which narrowed Seager down from 17 applicants, will review his performance once a year.

Seager will start as superintendent on July 1. John Jarpe is serving as interim superintendent until then.  

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