School board extends superintendent’s contract three years

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH – The St. Joseph school board extended its superintendent’s contract another three years Monday night.

Superintendent Ann Cardon was told her contract was renewed and will continue through June 30, 2018, based on her performance this school year.

In Cardon’s annual evaluation, presented at the board’s regular monthly meeting, the board said her extension resulted from her impact on academics, and in presenting a balanced budget for the school district.

“We are looking forward to our continued partnership with Ann and her leadership team,” the written evaluation stated. “Her commitment to excellence is hallmarked by her never-ending energy and passion she displays every day as a champion of education for our students.”

Cardon was hired by the district in April 2012. Her current salary is $138,000 a year, and she will receive a 2 percent pay raise under the new pact, bringing her salary to $140,760.

Also on Monday the board approved the district’s 2015-16 proposed budget.

The $24.7 million proposed budget comes at a time the when the district has a slight increase in enrollment and a handful of new teachers starting next fall.

“We are looking at making the reduction of 0.2 of one person,” Cardon told trustees. “As we worked to right size the district, it was about building a master schedule on what the kids need and assign the teachers to cover those positions. We can’t make up classes for people to teach if it’s not something the students need. As sad as it is, that’s the state that we’re in.”

The budget will take effect July 1 when the district’s fiscal year begins.

Other agenda items

Based on Cardon’s recommendation, the board approved the hiring of Michelle Allison as its next director of special education, effective July 1.

Trustees also approved a new course for assisted credit recovery. The course will involve peer-to-peer tutoring for students who fall behind in school credits.

Going by the state’s mandated changes, the board approved the increase of food prices by 5 cents per meal for high school students.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@thehp.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on June 9, 2015)

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