Steamboat Springs School Board approves administrator contracts

Administrators and directors given 2011-12 contracts, unchanged from this year

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2011-12 administrator and director base salaries

Administrators

Tim Bishop, Steamboat Springs Middle School principal: $106,199

Jerry Buelter, Steamboat Springs Middle School assistant principal: $89,608

Celia Dunham, Strawberry Park Elementary School principal: $84,447

Marty Lamansky, Steamboat Springs High School assistant principal: $86,017

Michele Miller, Soda Creek Elementary School principal: $90,180

Kevin Taulman, Steamboat Springs High School principal: $109,371

Directors

Pascal Ginesta, maintenance operations and transportation: $85,781

Judy Harris, human resources: $92,447

Max Huppert, nutritional services: $66,526

Dale Mellor, finance: $109,438

Tim Miles, technology: $92,423

Salaries do not include benefits, such as automobile allowances or health insurance.

— Source: Steamboat Springs School District

— The Steamboat Springs School District’s leadership is signed up for next year.

The Steamboat Springs School Board, by two 2-1 votes, approved 2011-12 academic year contracts for the district’s administrators and directors during a 45-minute special meeting Monday night.

School Board member Denise Connelly opposed the contracts in separate votes for administrators and directors. Connelly said she disagreed with a section of the contracts that tied compensation increases to faculty and staff raises. Under contract provisions, if faculty and staff members get pay increases, so do administrators and directors.

“It’s no reflection of the quality of our administrators,” she said about her vote.

Connelly said she thought the board should think about how administrators are compensated when considering the budget, economy and other school district comparison data. She said her opposition also had nothing to do with administrators and director salaries, which didn’t change from this year.

School Board President Robin Crossan and School Board member Laura Anderson didn’t attend the meeting.

With the exception of two administrators, the positions remained unchanged from this school year.

Next year, Soda Creek Principal Judy Harris will be the district’s human resources director, taking over for Anne Muhme, who is retiring. Michele Miller, Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools assistant principal, will take her place.

“It always feels good to have the final status on it,” Miller said. “Everybody’s been supportive: staff, families and the community.”

Harris said she has been working with Miller on her transition while getting up to speed on her human resources duties.

Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said she is excited about the new positions for Harris and Miller.

“I think they’re outstanding educators and they’ll do a great job,” she said.

Also at Monday’s special meeting, the School Board:

■ Acknowledged receipt of more than $433,000 of federal Education Jobs Fund dollars, which offset a mid-year adjustment to the public school finance formula.

“We would have had to lay off more people if it wasn’t for this Ed Jobs funding,” Finance Director Dale Mellor said.

■ Approved a memorandum of understanding to provide technology services next year to the South Routt School District for $45,000.

“I hope there are some more ripples that come from that, in terms of our communities and sharing information,” Connelly said.

■ Unanimously approved an insurance package for the district’s faculty and staff, which was previously approved by Steamboat’s Collaborative Barg­­aining Team, its teachers union.

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