Howard Windsor will be paid $72,000 per year to run Nova Scotia’s largest school board. The retired provincial civil servant and former deputy minister was appointed by Education Minister Karen Casey in December to replace Halifax Regional School Board’s 13 elected members after she determined they had failed to meet performance standards set out under the Education Act. Mr. Windsor’s salary has been calculated using the average salary of a Nova Scotia deputy minister, the pay of the highest earning principal in the board, and the number of days anticipated to do the job. “I believe this represents a fair wage for a job that carries great responsibility,” said Ms. Casey. “I also believe that it represents good value for the taxpayers of the province.” Halifax Regional School Board spent $221,200 last year on its elected officials, paying out $118,800 in honoraria and medical benefits, as well as an additional $103,000 on local travel, meals, professional development, office supplies and technology support. Mr. Windsor’s appointment runs to October 2008 when the new board is sworn in.