LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls School Board voted 5-1 Monday to pay the superintendent an additional $8,000 for compensation pay for performance for the 2001 school year as long as he meets the goals the board set.
Board member Susan Prosapio voted against the additional pay.
Superintendent George Maurer's primary goal is to provide direction to the district by May 30.
The performance compensation pay is not a permanent adjustment to the base salary. Maurer and the board mutually agreed to the additional compensation in his contract. Maurer has already received $4,400 in performance compensation for 2000 and received another $4,800 in 1999.
The district's audit ending June 30 has not yet been accepted. Thomas Koop of Larson, Allen, Weishair and Co. told the board it will have to pay back $921,000 that will be put in its statutory operating debt. Statutory operating debt is for money that exceeds 2.5 percent of the unreserved fund.
Reason for the payback is because of a Minnesota Automatic Reporting of Students audit conducted by the state for the 1997-98 and 1998-99 school years where the district claimed more students than it actually had, said Camille Warzecha, board chair.
If this would not have occurred the district would not have been operating in the red, Maurer said.
The district must submit a plan to the state by Jan. 31 on how it will reduce its statutory operating debt.
Maurer started working for the district in August 1998, before this incident.
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