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The Los Alamos School Board officially approved Tuesday Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt’s contract during a regular school board meeting yesterday, giving him a three percent raise in salary.
Starting July 1, Schmidt’s salary will be $149,185.20, an increase from his current salary of $144,840.00.
According to Human Resources Manager and Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, Schmidt will also have the same benefits package as the other employees of the school district, which include 20 days of leave.
The contract is for one year, starting July 1 and ending June 30, 2015.
It’s expected that at the end of this contract, Schmidt will step down and the board will already have a successor lined up.
According to the Los Alamos School Board’s president, Judy Bjarke McKenzie, the board has already begun the search process of looking for Schmidt’s replacement, saying they are already in the process of forming a search committee.
About a month and a half ago, it seemed liked this year would be Schmidt’s last with the Los Alamos Public Schools, as Schmidt and the board seemed to have had a falling out over key issues.
Things came to a head when Schmidt publicly announced his resignation March 4, saying he felt like he no longer had the support of the board any more. Citing employee confidentiality, the board declined to comment on what those issues were.
“As for the internal motivations that Gene may have had or the board may have had I don’t really have anything I can add to that. All I can say is that I’m a very strong supporter of him.
“In terms of discussions of closed sessions and contracts, those things went on behind closed doors, I really can’t comment on that,” said board member David Foster in a previous story.
Schmidt said he was glad the board approved his contract, and added that he’s still talking to the board about priorities and goals for the coming year.
“I’m delighted to be here for another year,” Schmidt said.
“We’re still in conversation about the issues and responsibilities that they would like to see me conclude.”
He also said the board is currently working on a letter to Schmidt that will contain those goals and priorities.
The superintendent’s a blueprint detailing future goals and strategies, the “Early College and High School” program, teacher evaluation protocols, how to approach End Of Course exams are just some of projects
Schmidt said he’d like to bring to completion by the time his contract is up in 2015, he said.