Pendery Clark gets 3 percent raise |

Pendery Clark gets 3 percent raise

by Merrie Leininger

The Douglas County School Board decided on conditions of Superintendent Pendery Clark’s benefits after her yearly evaluation.

Clark’s contract was continued through the year 2002 at the July board meeting.

She also received a 3 percent salary increase – the same cost-of-living increase all staff of the district receive, Clark said.

An additional compensation came in the form of an individual retirement account. The board agreed to contribute up to 5 percent of her salary to the account. It will be about $4,500 this year.

The board also agreed to purchase disability insurance for not over $2,500 a year.

“They were very pleased with my performance and just needed to make arrangements for how the additional compensation would be handled,” Clark said.

Clark’s salary for the 1998-99 school year is $92,611. She said the board used other comparable school districts to determine the salary.

Clark said Marcia Bandera, superintendent of Elko County School District, makes $98,672; Jim Perry, superintendent of Carson City School District, is paid $91,000; and Nat Lommori, superintendent of Lyon County, earns $89,383.

Board member Diane McCoy said the board always looks at other school districts when the board evaluates the superintendent.

“We look throughout the state to get a general idea of how we’re stacking out,” McCoy said. “She does an outstanding job. She was superintendent of the state last year, and this year we were chosen one of 21 school districts in the country that are moving forward with the curriculum standards.”

n Elementary competencies. Cris Etchegoyhen, curriculum coordinator, presented to the board the draft of the objectives for elementary competencies that will be in place by the year 2002.

“All kids will be able to read by the end of the 3rd grade,” Etchegoyhen said.

Technology criteria set up now would require a 3rd grader to be able to type five words a minute with a 90 percent accuracy rate.

“Children are very focused on accuracy,” she said. “Why not emphasize that while it is still important to them?”

Criteria has also been set up for 3rd and 6th graders in foreign language, math, science, social studies and employability – yes, even 3rd graders need to be thinking about what they might be interested as a career and learn about setting goals, she said.

“I’m proud of the base we’re putting in place for these kids,” Etchegoyhen said.

Beginning immediately, the teachers will be reviewing the criteria and giving feedback to the competencies task force on Oct. 2 at an inservice.

“We will need several sources of feedback if we are going to know if these objectives are realistic,” Etchegoyhen said.

“This helps teachers think about what are they already doing, how to capitalize on those strengths and what has to change for them to reach the competencies.”

She said she hoped to pilot the competencies in every elementary school this year.

n New legislation. The board discussed possible upcoming state legislation that will affect education.

Clark said there will be so much legislation in the next session, the board will have to pick and choose which issues the board wants to address.

“We will need to have a legislation workshop to hash through all this. We will have to target priority areas and develop position statements and testimony,” Clark said.

n Agreement. The board and the Indian Hills General Improvement District entered into a three-year agreement to allow the building of an easement across the district’s property at Jacks Valley Elementary School.

The agreement does not include any adjustment of water rights.

It simply allows the GID to build the easement from the tank near the school.

That tank is part of the water system the school built when constructing Jacks Valley in the early 1980s. It was then given to the GID when the school was completed. The school has been using the water from that system since then.

The GID needs water from the wells and the high tank for water pressure now, but the district wanted to be reassured about some issues, said director of business services Rick Kester.

“They wanted to protect the basin this water is coming out of,” he said. “The agreement is no net water leaves the Jacks Valley area, and they take over monitoring the wells in that area.”

n School year goals. Four goals for the 1998-99 school year were adopted at the Aug. 11 meeting at the Carson Valley Middle School library:

n By June 30, 1999, the district must complete activities included in the fifth year of implementation of the curriculum strategy. Begin achievement-level tests in reading, language and math to obtain baseline achievement data for secondary students.

n Implement the communication strategy, to promote interaction between the district and the community.

n Focus on increased access to technology in the classroom.

n Continue to address issues identified by the Lake Facilities Task Force and Comparability Study.

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