HUSD superintendent’s contract extended through 2019
Dan Steeter ‘has done a fabulous job,’ Board President Brian Letendre said.
PRESCOTT VALLEY – In his first year on the job, Humboldt Unified School District Dan Streeter has earned accolades for his leadership, his ability to foster collaboration with staff and community members and to move the academic agenda forward.
Streeter was instrumental in seeking the financial resources so the district could reinstitute all-day kindergarten for all students next year.
For those accomplishments, the Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday night voted 4-0 to extend Streeter’s contract for an additional three years. Member Paul Leon was absent.
Streeter’s initial contract approved when he was hired to start the job last July was for two years.
Streeter’s $120,000 annual salary was not changed at his request. At this juncture, Streeter said, other school staff have not yet received pay increases, and he prefers to assure other employees are taken care of before the board consider any increase in the salary for his position.
At Streeter’s six month-evaluation, the board voted to give him a $3,600 performance pay bonus that Streeter donated to the Humboldt Hungry Kids Project.
“The board is in consensus that Dan has done a fabulous job,” said Board President Brian Letendre.
Streeter’s administrative leadership has enabled the district to grow and the board is confident Streeter is committed to continued improvement and “moving the district forward.”
None of the board members had any hesitation but to extend his contract through June 30, 2019, he said.
“I’m very pleased,” Streeter said after a short closed-door session during which the board reviewed the conditions of the contract that they then voted publicly to approve. “Certainly, by putting this contract into place this provides stability for my family, but more importantly, it provides stability for the district moving forward.”
This is Streeter’s seventh year in the district. Prior to becoming superintendent, Streeter worked both as principal at Bradshaw Mountain High School and assistant superintendent.
In the past year, Streeter said he believes the district has benefited from the building of a “strong, cohesive leadership team” that has fostered a culture of collaboration among the teaching and administrative staff. The district is currently working on a review and revision of its district math curriculum, and in the fall will celebrate the return of no-cost, all-day kindergarten.
Streeter keeps a busy schedule. Beyond his regular duties, Streeter is a familiar face at the district’s 10 schools, be it visiting a classroom involved in a special activity, reading to students at Dr. Seuss Day or attending after-hours school and community events. He has been hailed for his civic-mindedness, and making himself available to parents, students and community members.
“I love my job,” Streeter said. “I love being part of the Humboldt education family.”
In other business, the board approved new salary schedules for certified staff, nurses, and classified staff, with projected increases reflecting what will happen with or without Proposition 123, essentially $1,000 or $2,000 increases. If Proposition 123 is approved, Streeter said the district expects to receive about $1.2 million, and the board opted to allocate $1 million of that to salary increases.
The board, too, has dedicated money from another educational funding referendum, Proposition 301, to salary bonuses. Those dollars enable the district to add $5,800 to teacher salaries.
In Humboldt Unified, the beginning teacher salary is now $30,610. If Prop 123 is approved that salary will increase to $32,610. For a 10-year teacher with a master’s degree, the district salary with Prop 123 would increase to $42,610.