Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs School District Finance Director Dale Mellor filled in as acting superintendent for six weeks this fall, and now he'd like to be paid for his extra efforts.
On Monday, the School Board appointed board member Denise Connelly to negotiate an agreement with Mellor after he told school district officials he'd like to be financially compensated for his work 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.
"As far as the negotiation, I don't feel comfortable talking about it before I meet with Denise," Mellor said Wednesday via e-mail. "We will be meeting on Monday, so there will probably be an update at the (School Board) meeting that night."
Connelly said Wednesday that by meeting with Mellor she hopes to get a better understanding of the additional duties Mellor took on as interim superintendent.
"We try to find some kind of equitable pay just for the extra duties he may have assumed for six weeks," she said.
Mellor relinquished his dual role in the district Oct. 1, when Smyser filled the interim superintendent position.
"I will be extremely happy to get somebody else on to do this job," Mellor told the Steamboat Pilot & Today on Sept. 14, before Smyser's hiring. "I am working twice the hours and falling further behind. I'm finding it difficult to do the job I was hired to do. I was happy to do this job, but will be happy when we find someone else."
On Monday, board member John DeVincentis questioned whether Mellor deserves any extra compensation regardless of what role he assumed after Howell's contract was bought out Aug. 10.
"The intention of the board at that time was not to have Dale become the acting superintendent," he said. "That was the chain of command the former superintendent put in place."
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.
DeVincentis said he too would like to see a list of responsibilities Mellor was entrusted with as acting superintendent.
"There is nothing in our policy that talks about making reimbursements for those kinds of services," he said. "Our principals, assistant principals and teachers take on all kinds of other duties than they are expected to take on."
Board President Robin Crossan said Monday's negotiation with Mellor must be done in executive session because it's a personnel issue, but she noted that the School Board aims to vote on a compensation package at the board's Dec. 10 meeting.