Monday, December 09, 2013
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October 15, 2013
DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board Monday night approved a three-year extension of Superintendent Christy Perry's contract, which included an increase in pay.
The contract includes the current school year, retroactive to July 1, and expires at the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year.
Under the new agreement, Perry will receive a salary increase from the current $113,850 to $117,000 this year and increases of $1,000 in each of the next two years, bringing her salary to $119,000 during the 2015-16 school year.
This will be the first raise Perry has received since the 2008-09 school year, when districts across the state began to feel the affects of the economic downturn.
"The compensation numbers, we did quite a bit of looking at comparison districts and where we are at," said board member Michael Blanchard, who helped negotiate the terms of the new contract. "We are still below average. ... Certainly for a veteran superintendent, we are on the low side."
Blanchard said the increases over the next three years will do little to change that scenario.
However, he felt the move was justified.
"One of the reasons is if we have to hire another superintendent at some point in the future, we would have to be pricing a little bit more competitively," he said. "Also, if you look at the great changes she's made in this school district, they've made a pretty profound impact. We need to reward her for that."
Perry's new contract can be renewed at any time, but a request must be made by June 30, 2015.
The board approved the contract unanimously.
In other business on Monday night, the board:
* Announced it will hold a joint meeting with the Dallas City Council on Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dallas School District board room, 111 SW Ash St., Dallas.