LITTLE FALLS -- Little Falls Superintendent Sharon Thomas will receive a 3.25 percent salary increase over the next three school years.
The Little Falls School Board voted 5-1 Tuesday to approve the superintendent's contract effective July 1 to June 30, 2008. Board member Robert Stoltman voted against the contract.
Under the three-year contract, Thomas would take a pay freeze next school year. Thomas' current salary is $135,584. Thomas then would receive a 1.5 percent salary increase in the 2006-07 school year to earn $137,618 and a 1.75 percent salary increase in the 2007-08 school year to earn $140,026.
Little Falls School Board member Katie Harms brought her teddy bear "Tommy" with her to the school board meeting Tuesday to promote the district's Kindergarten Teddy Bear Band event planned for May 19.
School Board Chair Susan Prosapio said the only benefits in Thomas' contract are life and health insurance and an annual $5,000 contribution to her 401(a) retirement account. Prosapio said Thomas does not receive severance benefits or car allowance, but she does receive mileage.
Stoltman voted against the contract because he was concerned about the superintendent's 401(a) account. The district pays Thomas her annual lump sum of $5,000 in September and Stoltman said the money should be paid to Thomas at the end of the school year.
The school board made one change to the contract. The change was to add language to the contract to allow Thomas to attend one National School Board Association meeting during the three-year contract period.
In other business, the school board:
Heard an update about the district's Kindergarten Teddy Bear Band event planned May 19. The event is for students in kindergarten this year and for children who will be enrolled in kindergarten this fall.
Every child attending the event is asked to bring a teddy bear. The students will receive a bag lunch, a book and a T-shirt.
The district expects 300 students to attend. Parents who would like to bring their future kindergartner to the event should register by calling the elementary school they want their child to attend.
Accepted the resignation of Cari Hartwig as the varsity girls' head basketball coach.
Accepted a five-year extended leave for Laurie Schoeck, a mathematics teacher at the middle school.
Hired four teachers for the middle school and three teachers for the high school.
JENNIFER STOCKINGER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5851.
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