Letter to the Editor: A look at superintendent’s contract
As a general proposition, a Superintendent is the educational leader of a school district. The relationship between a superintendent and the community he or she serves is defined by the superintendent’s contract.
Most educational communities fail to focus sufficient attention on the superintendent’s contract. Government entities like cities, counties, and school districts do not spend enough time reviewing a local leader’s contract. In any event, a superintendent’s contract is an important governing document.
Our superintendent’s contract is for three years and contains provisions for the renewal of all terms and conditions (including the three-year term) even if the board does not take any formal action to renew the contract. Further, in terms of salary increases, the contract provides that the superintendent shall (if the board fails to evaluate the superintendent or his most recent evaluation is satisfactory) receive the same increase as the principals.
Isn’t it possible that, even if the superintendent’s most recent performance is satisfactory, the principals might deserve a higher raise than the superintendent? Can’t the superintendent stand on his own when it comes to considering salary increases?
Finally, if the superintendent receives a satisfactory performance evaluation for his most recent service, his contract is automatically renewed so that he has three additional years on his contract.
Should the superintendent’s contract be automatically renewed for an additional three years just because his most recent performance is satisfactory?
Should the superintendent’s contract be automatically renewed for an additional three years when API scores when compared to other districts at the higher quartiles are not very good?
Should the superintendent’s contract be automatically renewed for an additional three years when the district is on the verge of bankruptcy?
Should the superintendent’s contract be automatically renewed for an additional three years when the district’s long-term debt is shameful and unsustainable under current conditions? Should the superintendent’s contract be renewed when the district fails to pass a needed bond measure?
Editor’s note: John Rajcic, a Ramona school board member, states “this is solely the opinion of John Rajcic, not the opinion of the school board.”
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