Cardon’s contract extended through 2019

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — The St. Joseph school board extended its superintendent’s contract by another year Monday night.

Superintendent Ann Cardon was told her contract was renewed and will continue through June 30, 2019, based on her performance this school year. Last year, Cardon’s contract was renewed for three years through 2018, but the board felt it prudent to extend that extension another year.

“When I came on board, we agreed to a three-year contract with the option to always roll that third year on,” Cardon said. “Because of a successful year this was, the board is giving me another year on top of my remaining two.”

Cardon was hired by the district in April 2012. Under her tenure, the school district passed a series bond in May that would raise more than $8 million over the next 12 years.

“I love my job. This is a great community and you guys are a fabulous board to work with,” Cardon said. “You keep the kids first in every decision you make and sometimes that’s hard to do.”

The board held a special meeting in May to give Cardon an evaluation. Board President Amy Porritt-Peirce read the board’s evaluation to attendees.

The evaluation cited Cardon’s “oversight of the bond proposal project” and her ability to “challenge her staff” as a reason for granting an extension.

When Cardon’s contract was extended last year, she was given a 2 percent pay raise. Porritt-Peirce said Cardon turned down an increase this year.

“Ann’s performance merits an increase,” Porritt-Peirce said. “However, Ann has said she does not recommend any increases for herself or her administrative staff at this point and time.”

Time for budgets

Board members discussed insurance bids and agreed to the purchase of a worker’s compensation policy from Insurance Management Service from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Treasurer Chris Cook said the finance committee was happy to find a local company that was cost competitive.

The board also scheduled a 6 p.m. public hearing for June 20, to be held prior to a special meeting on the same day, to discuss the 2016-17 proposed budget. The budget has to be approved before July 1, which marks the new fiscal year for the district.

The hearing and special meeting will be at the North Lincoln Administration building at 3275 Lincoln Ave. in St. Joseph.

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 14, 2016)

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