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Eagle County school board mulls superintendent’s bonus

Matt Zalaznick
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY – The superintendent at the head of Eagle County Schools is eligible for a bonus after this school year, but how much it will be and whether she will even take it remain to be determined.

As a part of her contract, Superintendent Sandra Smyser is eligible each year for a bonus as high as 10 percent of her salary. The bonus, which can also increase Smyser’s salary, is determined by the school board, based on goals the board sets for Smyser at the beginning of each year.

At the end of last school year, Smyser got a $15,750, close to the maximum $17,500 she could have received. That raised her salary for this school year to $181,300.

Smyser said not taking a bonus this year is something she’ll have to consider.

“I will talk to the board about different opitons I might look at,” she said Friday, acknowledging that the district’s employees also are concerned about their salaries.

“They’re concerned wages are getting frozen and bonsues are going to be smaller – that’s a real concern,” Smyser said.

The board may determine Smyser’s bonus early next month.

And all district employees are eligible for performance-based bonuses, said Human Resources Director Jason Glass.

“Bonuses that will be paid in the fall will be compeltely based on performance,” Glass said. “Poor perfomers will get nothing. High performers will get up to 4 percent of their salary. It’s true for everybody in the organization except for Sandra (Smyser).”

The district has to pay competitive wages for its superindetendent and Smyser’s salary is not out of line for a “top-notch” superintendent, Glass said.

“Part of my role in human resource is to keep us competitve for top talent,” Glass said. “Being competitve for top talent means we have to pay for top talent.”

The district plans to cut 50 positions for the 2010-11 school year. District officials said only 8 1/2 of those positions represent lay-offs. Most cut positions are vacant because of retirement, attrition and teacher contracts that were not renewed. Those contracts are for teachers who are on probation for their first three years and can be let go. Remaining teachers will experience what is basically a wage freeze.

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