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1:46 AM Mon, Oct. 15th

Stanton signs 3-year HUSD superintendent's contract

Dr. Paul Stanton Friday afternoon signed a three-year contract as the new Humboldt Unified School District Superintendent.

The HUSD Governing Board met in special session Friday to approve the contract.

"This has been a great process," President Gary Marks said. "The district is fortunate to have Dr. Stanton come on board."

Stanton said it would be hard to remain at his job in Buckeye when he wants to be here.

He is currently the assistant superintendent of education services for the Liberty Elementary School District in Buckeye.

The newly hired superintendent will begin work July 1. Current superintendent Dr. Henry Schmitt's retirement is effective June 30.

"It takes an incredible team to make a district go. I am excited," Stanton said. "My actions will speak louder than any words ever could."

Governing board members Richard Adler and Howard Moody welcomed Stanton to the district.

"We are looking forward to a great new beginning," Adler said.

Stanton will earn $114,000 for fiscal year 2010-11. His benefits include 27 annual vacation days, 12 sick leave days and other paid time off in accordance with district policies.

The district will pay Stanton's personal medical, dental and vision insurance costs, and provide a $200,000 term life insurance policy.

Stanton will receive a district cell phone. The district will pay him a $300 per month automobile allowance.

The district will pay Stanton's professional membership dues for one state and one national professional organization, as well as membership dues for local organizations.

As a retention effort, the district will purchase for Stanton a $2,400 tax-shelter annuity for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

The governing board approved an amendment to the contract to pay Stanton a per diem plus mileage for five days he will work before his July 1 start date.