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Gilbert school board OKs performance pay for superintendent

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Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 10:31 am | Updated: 2:25 pm, Thu Oct 28, 2010.

The Gilbert Unified School District board agreed to a new contract for its superintendent Tuesday night, including a pay-for-performance plan and an optional bonus clause for the first time.

The board voted 4-0 Tuesday night to offer the two-year contract to current superintendent Dave Allison. Board member E.J. Anderson was not present.

The contract begins July 1, 2011, and runs through June 30, 2013.

Allison, 63, is in his third year as superintendent of the nearly 39,000-student district. The board voted to move some funds from Allison’s vehicle allotment to his base salary, raising it $5,000 to $155,000, but keeping the total compensation the same as his current contract. This was done because of tax implications, board president Thad Stump said.

Under new state law, the contract also includes a performance-pay plan.

Gilbert is one of the first districts in the state to include the new provision. As stated by the law, passed in the last legislative session, 20 percent of all superintendent’s salaries and benefits will be tied to performance reviews.

The board and Allison agreed to conduct these reviews every two months. If Allison receives a satisfactory rating from the board, he will then receive those funds. The board plans to use its existing assessment tool that looks at six criteria: personal qualities, educational leadership, community relations, relationship with the board, staff and personal relationships and planning.

District legal counsel reviewed the contract to be sure it meets the new law, Stump and Allison said.

“She was reviewing it with others from around the state,” Stump said about the pay-for-performance piece. “This may be used as a model for other contracts” around the state.

The board also created an optional bonus clause with Allison’s new contract. The annual bonus allows Allison and the board to devise two goals for the district. If those are achieved, Allison will receive an additional $5,000 per goal.

“I think it provides a good option for myself and the board to come up with major goals that enhance the district,” Allison said after the meeting.

Stump said superintendent and the board would set the goals about two months prior to the start of the new contract. They need to be goals that “might not happen otherwise. That might be a way to get the district where it needs to move forward,” Stump said.

One example, he said, could be a goal to create a districtwide strategic plan. Since the district is already in the process of doing that, Stump said that would not be one of Allison’s goals next year.

Around the East Valley, Chandler Unified School District Superintendent Camille Casteel’s contract is up for renewal this year. Her current contract already includes a performance-based clause, district spokesman Terry Locke said. It will need to be revamped to meet the state requirement.

Kyrene Elementary District Superintendent David Schauer’s contract is also up for renewal.

Other superintendents are in the middle of their contracts and so are not be subject to the new pay-for-performance plan until those expire.

School districts across the state have two years to also create and put into place new teacher evaluations that include a performance pay piece.

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