'I accept': McLeod agrees to contract to run school district

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By Carol A. Clark

Worry the school year might start leaderless disolved Thursday evening when Assistant Superintendent Mary McLeod agreed to a 12-month contract to run the district. Cheers and enthusiastic applause broke out with McLeod’s “I accept” response to the board of education’s offer during a school board meeting at Piñon Elementary School.

The board met in a closed session prior to the school board meeting to discuss the contract. In the public meeting, board members voted 5-to-0 to approve McLeod’s contract, which begins July 1 and runs through June 30, 2009. Superindent James Anderson retires in June.

McLeod will receive $140,000/year, plus the use of a Blackberry, Board President Steve Girrens said. The existing car used by Anderson will be at McLeod’s disposal to use for official business, he said.

The schools used a standard state administrator contract and modified it to read, ‘Interim Superintendent’ because McLeod’s term is for just one year, Anderson said.

Board Vice President Joan Ahlers explained that by writing the “interim” contract the way they did, the Los Alamos County residency requirement could be waived.

“This way, Mary won’t have to sell her house in Santa Fe and move up here for a year,” Ahlers joked.

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