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HUSD Supt. Stanton declines performance pay

Dr. Paul Stanton

Dr. Paul Stanton

After Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board President Rich Adler read the results of Superintendent Paul Stanton's Dec. 10 evaluation at the Jan. 14 meeting, Stanton said he would ask the finance director to hold his performance pay compensation until all staff can be rewarded for their performance.

The board voted unanimously to approve the performance pay; however, board member Gary Hicks said Stanton earned the pay and he should take it. Adler and vice president Carm Staker said the board needed to respect Stanton's wishes.

By state law, school superintendents' contracts add a 6 percent performance pay clause awarded when they successfully meet the performance pay standards. A rating of satisfactory or better on his evaluation results in granting Stanton one-half the $6,840 performance pay with the other half given if the district receives a B or better rating from the Arizona Department of Education and seven of the nine schools receive a B or better.

Adler read the board's evaluation report, which gave Stanton an outstanding rating on his work as educational leader of Humboldt District.

One comment on the evaluation from an unnamed board member stated, "Paul has a strong vision for HUSD as a district demonstrating academic excellence, and the ability to meet the needs of every student."

The board listed some of Stanton's strengths as self-reflection, collaboration, empowerment of staff to excel, a tireless work ethic, empathy towards others, ethical behavior beyond reproach, and complete dedication to the success of HUSD, its staff and students.

Areas of improvement include further attention to community engagement activities including service projects, focus on building morale, completing safety plans for active and passive threats, and providing comprehensive background information in all written communications. The board also would like to see Stanton narrow and prioritize district focus to lessen demands on staff.

"In summary, although no raise in base salary can be recommended until raises for the entire staff are possible, the Governing Board believes that Dr. Stanton is doing an excellent job as superintendent of HUSD and should continue in his current three-year contract," the report states.

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