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Dsd Superintendent Receives High Praise

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board approved Superintendent Christy Perry's performance evaluation and a new three-year contract on Monday, April 11.

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board approved Superintendent Christy Perry's performance evaluation and a new three-year contract on Monday, April 11.

In a written statement, the board commended Perry's performance in several key areas:

* Oversight of projects paid for with the $8.6 million facilities maintenance bond passed in 2009;

* Leadership in advocating for education at regional and state levels, including Perry's service as chairwoman of the Executive Council of Superintendents for the Willamette Education Service District.

* Supervision of the midyear appointment of an interim principal at Dallas High School;

* Leadership in the district's budget discussions;

* Ability to maintain collaborative relationships with the district's employee associations; and

* The impact of last October's Convergence Conference on staff development and communications with the community.

The statement also encourages Perry to continue focusing on increasing student achievement, evaluating district communication strategies, building and strengthening relationship with local, regional and statewide stakeholders, and integrating technology and online resources to increase student learning.

Perry's evaluation and contract were approved by a unanimous vote Monday.

"Thank you very much for a year that was as good as it could have been, considering the circumstances," Board Chairman Michael Blanchard said, referring to a rough economy.

Perry's new contract covers school years 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14 and will go into effect in July 2011.

For the fourth year in a row, Perry will receive no pay increase, leaving her salary at $113,850.

Blanchard noted while Perry's salary doesn't match the positive tone of her evaluation, it does reflect the fiscal challenges the district faces.

Perry agreed.

"This is the right salary decision for the times," she said.

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