Describing Dr. Paul Stanton as having "done a very good job in some challenging times," Humboldt Unified School District governing board President Howard Moody and the board unanimously approved offering a three-year contract to Supt. Stanton at its Nov. 13 board meeting.
The contract is retroactive to July 1 and runs through June 30, 2015. The base salary of $114,000 remains the same as the previous contract. Per state legislation, the new contract adds a 6 percent Performance Pay clause ($6,840) upon successfully meeting the performance pay standards.
The contract includes 27 days of annual vacation, 12 days of sick leave, and a car allowance of $800 per month for use of his personal automobile for district purposes. It also requires Stanton to be available on an "as needed" basis outside of regular business hours.
Board members and Stanton will meet twice a year to assess the superintendent's Performance Pay Plan, which has two parts. The board, at its annual superintendent evaluation in December, will rate Stanton's performance. A rating of satisfactory or better will result in granting Stanton one-half the $6,840 Performance Pay.
Part Two, the other 50 percent, is met if the district receives a B or better rating from the Arizona Department of Education, and if seven of the nine schools receive a B or better.
In the statement Moody read after reconvening from executive into public session on Nov. 13, he listed the challenges facing the district as decreasing enrollment, decreasing budgets and increasing competition.
"Dr. Stanton is visible in the district, attending numerous extracurricular activities, meetings and community events," Moody said. "He is actively providing researched-based professional development for all staff. In cooperation with the administrative team, he has provided a positive, safe and orderly climate for learning."
Following the unanimous approval of the contract, Moody said, "The district progress towards improvement has been significant due to his leadership. The board is looking forward to working with Dr. Stanton to promote our shared purpose: To educate, to involve, to prepare, and to inspire our students."
The next HUSD governing board meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Bradshaw Mountain Middle School library.