Board gives Mellor $4K bonus

District finance and operations director receives compensation


— Steamboat Springs School District Finance and Operations Director Dale Mellor and the Steamboat Springs School Board agreed Monday to a $4,000 settlement to compensate Mellor for the seven weeks he filled in as superintendent.

Mellor acted as superintendent during the period between the buyout of former Superintendent Donna Howell's contract in August and the hiring of interim Superintendent Sandra Smyser in October. He recently approached the board about getting paid for his additional responsibilities.

"One thing I would like to say is that I thank everyone who stepped forward during this difficult transition," School Board member Denise Connelly said about the seven weeks the district was without a superintendent. The School Board previously directed Connelly to meet with Mellor to get a better understanding of the duties he took on as superintendent.

"Directors, administrators and teachers demonstrated some great dedication and professionalism during this time, and we really appreciate it," she said.

Mellor also was given two compensation days and the option of going to a conference for governmental finance officers.

Mellor described negotiating with the School Board as a "difficult topic of conversation."

"But I also need to thank everybody else who helped. This wasn't a one-person deal," he said. "The district office really stepped up huge, and I'd like to thank the people in the accounting office who took work off of me so I could do this."

Mellor's base salary for the 2007-08 school year is $87,231. Howell's salary was $145,229, and Smyser is being paid $102,353 under her prorated contract. Her base salary is similar to Howell's when calculated over a full work year.

The difference between Mellor's salary and that of the superintendent during the seven-week period for which Mellor was tasked with leading the school district was approximately $7,700.

Each School Board member expressed gratitude for Mellor's efforts, and several noted the school district's policy on extra compensation should be re-evaluated.

"It was a difficult position for Dale as an employee and negotiating after the fact," board member Lisa Brown said. "I would recommend we address the policy to this so no employee is working without a clear compensation or boundaries."

Board member John DeVincentis, who previously questioned whether Mellor should be compensated because he said Howell created the chain of command that led to Mellor's additional duties, stressed that Mellor should be commended for his time as superintendent.

"I heard a number of positive comments about Dale's work, particularly that he came to schools to meet with teachers and staff on the first day," he said. "I heard other good comments, but that one says a lot."

Also Monday, the School Board:

n Narrowed the pool of potential superintendent search firms from five to three, including Ray & Associates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa,; McPherson & Jacobson of Omaha, Neb.; and the Colorado Association of School Boards. The School Board plans to schedule a special session in January to hear presentations from the firms.

n Approved the purchase of bi-directional amplified antennas through a COPS Secure Our Schools Program grant to improve communication. The grant will pay for 50 percent of the cost of purchasing the antennas, at a price that will not exceed $100,000.


AmebaTost 9 years, 4 months ago

"But I also need to thank everybody else who helped. This wasn't a one-person deal," he said. "The district office really stepped up huge, and I'd like to thank the people in the accounting office who took work off of me so I could do this."

Dale must have plans to share the windfall?


letomayo 9 years, 4 months ago

Why did Devincetis cave? Did he really mean what he said? Is he afraid of negative press and letters to the editor? Others were not paid extra for their extra work during that time. If Mellor said he couldn't have done it by himself why aren't others being paid extra. Why didn't you ask the baord to pay them for their extra time? You could have mentioned their names. How many others did what? maybe they should write the board for a share. It wasn't a "one person deal" "the district office stepped up huge" but only one person got payoff. What about the accounting staff who took more of his work. Is there payoff just a no name mention in the paper?

I'm jumping to a conclusion he may split his share with them. That would be nice.


dimwitiguess 9 years, 4 months ago

What a difference a board makes. Merry Christmas Mellor. Will you give a share to your favorite charity? Ameba and leto aren't far off in their criticism. Let's throw money to administrators who thank others even when they don't mean it. Well at least that is better than Howell who took all the credit and thanked no one.

How is YVHA doing? Is it rolling along at a tremendous pace with Howell as the director? Will she thank Church when she takes all the credit for anything, if there is anything that comes out of the Authority that is successful. I guess that is a far chance, huh?

Maybe Mellor will split his cash with Howell. She had her Rotary cronies write a letter to the editor last week to support Mellor. Look at the list of some of our esteemed rotarians: Paula Black, Jim Swiggart, Mike Forney, Tom Sharp, Suzzane Schlict, Roberta Gill, Sue Birch, Donna Howell. Anything in common? Swiggart led the recall after once supporting Devincetis, Tom Sharp former board member, Paula Black critic of Devincetis, Forney wrote the letter to editor, Schlict newspaper general mananger, Sue Birch former board pres. wife, Roberta Gill, former board pres. wife. Not too suspicious is it?

They ever talk about the International Rotary ethics? Do they use the four questions Forney swore by to guide their decisions? Hardly.

The Steamboat Rotary should be under serious scrutiny if those are the kind of members they attract. But who am I? Not a Rotary member (whew!) just a happy dimwitiguess.


id04sp 9 years, 4 months ago

By the way, how much is YVHA paying Howell? Isn't that supposed to be public information since YVHA is taxpayer supported?


dimwitiguess 9 years, 4 months ago

Good question, id. How can that be made public. Why didn't the Pilot put that in the article when she was chosen. I bet it was a bucket load. But the Pilot protects and supports Howell in her chicanery. Boyer, can you be on the up and up and find that out for us?

How much will the city pay when it dumps her for the same reasons the district dumped her - insubordination, untrustworthiness, deceit, nonperformance, poor evaluations? It's just a matter of time, but I'm just THE dimwitiguess.


autumnwitch 9 years, 4 months ago

dim- someone with such a big chip on his shoulder isn't really who I would like spending time in the classroom with my children. Hopefully they aren't being poisoned by your venom.


Sunspot 9 years, 4 months ago

Speaking of venom, I just heard that this afternoon a school bus driver made the kids throw away the gingerbread houses they had made because she did not allow food on her bus. Like the kids aren't allowed to take their lunches to school anymore? What a rotten thing to do to a bunch of kids who were proudly taking their art projects home to show their parents and siblings.

This sounds like a very mean person who should not be driving a school bus.


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