Superintendent Dave Allison’s future with the Gilbert Unified School District may be decided Thursday.
Allison’s current two-year contract expires June 30. The district’s governing board held a meeting Tuesday night to discuss Allison’s contract during a closed door executive session.
Allison told the Tribune on Wednesday that a meeting will be held Thursday to discuss the fate of his tenure.
Allison has been superintendent of the district since 2008 when he was tapped to replace Brad Barrett. Allison was then given a three-year contract. That was a followed by a two-year contract that was signed in October 2010 to start July 1, 2011, and end June 30.
Allison previously served as associate superintendent of administrative services.
According to Gilbert governing board policy CBI, “On or before the end of January, the board shall offer a contract for the next school year to the superintendent if the administrative contract is in its last year, unless the board gives notice to the superintendent of the board’s intention not to offer a new administrative contract.”
There is a new board in place since Allison’s current contract was signed. Three board members took office in January – Jill Humpherys, Daryl Colvin and Julie Smith. Board president Staci Burk and board member Lily Tram have served on the board since 2011 and 2008, respectively.
Allison said he did not attend the executive session or the public session that was held afterward. At the public portion of the meeting, the governing board voted to table any decision on Allison’s contract until Thursday, board member Tram told the Tribune.
The board room will be open for the public Thursday, though some board members may attend via teleconference, the Tribune has been told.
The school district has been under increased public scrutiny the last few months as the previous board voted to close Gilbert Junior High School in October and the new board voted to rescind that decision on Jan. 22. Many have said the matter divided the community and some raised questions of whether or not the district followed legal procedures for the school’s closing.
Under the state’s latest school ratings, the district moved from a “B” to an “A” and it was recently honored by The College Board, the national organization that administers advanced placement exams as well as the SAT, for the number of students passing AP exams.
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