Superintendent contract extended


February 2, 2020

CLOVIS — After an hour of evaluation during an executive session, Clovis school board members decided they want Superintendent Renee Russ to stay in that position for at least the next two years.

Members voted 5-0 to extend the contract for Russ through the 2021-22 school year and retain the current annual salary of $153,000. Russ was hired from a field of three finalists last year with a two-year contract and elevated from deputy director of federal programs.

The public portion of the meeting, which lasted a little more than half the time of the executive session, covered an introduction of 2020-21 school calendar and a suggestion to change when the board organizes its officers.

The calendar includes a few new folds, including 10 days at the beginning of the year for the state K-5 Plus initiative and a return to early-release days for students.

School would begin Aug. 17, after the Curry County Fair, and include one Wednesday a month as an early-release day for students so teachers have an opportunity at professional development without the district relying on substitute teachers.

Joe Strickland, deputy superintendent of employee services, said Wednesday is the best choice for early-release days. Tuesdays and Thursdays create conflicts with many extracurricular activities, and Mondays and Fridays often result in employees planning long weekends. Board President Cindy Osburn said training at her work is on Wednesdays for similar reasons.

Board members noted the early-release days weren’t popular when they last took place around 2014, because working families had to find ways to adjust their schedule for kids coming home at 1 p.m. Strickland said in the past many local organizations provided afterschool activities, and board member Terry Martin wanted to get the word out on the calendar as soon as possible should organizations choose that route again.

In other business at the Tuesday meeting:

• Board members discussed reorganizing the board officer slate to coincide with fiscal years. Members noted the election cycle means a presiding officer may be voted out during that term, but saw advantages in the suggestion.

• The board approved an amended contract with Adair for bus services, to reflect state authorization for two more buses.

• The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the CMS administrative building.


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