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Superintendent Contract Renewal

June 1, 2010

Did you know……
That our current Superintendent’s contract is effective until June 30th, 2011?

  • The contract is a yearly contract that runs from July 1 through June 30 of each school year.
  • When renewing the contract each year, it is not for the upcoming school year, but actually for the following year.
  • If our School Board decides to renew the current contract this summer, it will not expire until June 30, 2012.
  • There is an automatic renewal clause in the contract.
  • The clause allows the contract to automatically continue for one additional year unless the Board notifies the Superintendent in writing before June 30 of the preceding year of its wishes to not renew.
  • Non-renewal of contract is NOT the same as termination of contract (see actual contract in link below).

SOME BACKGROUND:

According to the Board meeting minutes from last year, the Superintendent notified the Board on June 18, 2009 of the automatic renewal clause, as required by the contract. This notification must be given two months before the Board meeting where the renewal will be considered. One would think this meeting would be in June, which is when the Board is supposed to finish their formal evaluation of the Superintendent, but it was not done until Aug 20, 2009. The Superintendent most recently notified the Board of the automatic renewal clause at the twice postponed April regular meeting, which took place on Monday, April 26, 2010.

Here is the record of the 2009 consideration/approval that extended the current contract through 2011:

Minutes of Regular Meeting; August 20, 2009 Page 4
Item G.3. Consider/approve superintendent’s contract for the 2010-11 school year
The Board addressed Dr. Blanch’s performance during this past school year and approved his contract extension through June 30, 2011. Board President Dee Dee Eaton commented that Dr. Blanch has stepped forward with strong leadership and led the administrative team and the District through difficult times. Ms. Wilson stated that he has stabilized the District.
Ms. Wilson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Pike:
To approve the superintendent’s contract through June 30, 2011, as stated in the following resolution:
WHEREAS, the Board of Education has evaluated the performance of Dr.
Raymond H. Blanch, Superintendent of Schools, for the past school year, finds
that he has fully achieved the goals and expectations of the Board, and now
desires to amend his contract;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Lewis-Palmer School District Board

of Education that the Superintendent’s Contract is hereby amended to extend the
term to June 30, 2011, and align the notification dates for future renewal
consideration to coincide with the end of each fiscal year.
Adopted this 20th day of August, 2009.
Roll call vote was unanimous; the motion carried 4-0.

Link to current contract of Dr. Raymond Blanch: Dr. Blanch’s Superintendent contract.

For additional reference:

Link to Dr. Michael Pomarico’s Superintendent contract with District 38 (including separation agreement): Dr. Pomerico’s Superintendent contract.

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  1. Former Teacher
    June 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    If Dr. Blanch did anything that was not in accordance with Policy Governance I think they can “fire” him without severance or having to pay his salary for next year. And, he can always choose to resign. The district has told teachers and administrators in the past that if they choose to resign instead of being non-renewed they will get recommendations, maybe the case is the same here.

  2. Parent
    June 3, 2010 at 11:14 am

    It sounds like the board is just deciding now if they want to extend the contract to Blanch for LONGER than next year, since his contract is already approved through June, 2011. Maybe contracts should just be approved for one year at a time so we never have to ‘pay out’ anyone, but the two year contract gives the Superintendent quite a bit of financial security. Even if the board wants ‘out’ a year early, Blanch will still walk away with a year’s salary plus any severance. That is obviously much more than the 50+ teachers got for their families when their contracts were not renewed. All are valued. I appreciate the call for thoughts and prayers for the Blanch family, but wonder where these concerned residents were when our lower-paid D38 employees all lost their jobs without a year’s salary and with much less financial means to support their families. Please keep them in your prayers as well as I know many continue to struggle to find a job.

  3. Eric Rokke
    June 2, 2010 at 12:02 am

    This is excellent news for our district if true. Given the information posted here, it would appear the board would be in violation of the contract if it attempted to remove Dr Blanch from the Superintendent’s position prior to 30 June 2011. If they attempt to violate Dr Blanch’s contract, who will hold them accountable?

    • Lori Woshner
      June 2, 2010 at 10:07 am

      I don’t know what the Board’s intentions are, but I doubt they intend to break the law. The contract makes provision for early termination and if the Board chooses to do so, I am confident they will be in compliance and compensate Dr. Blanch accordingly if required. I don’t believe there is anyone in the community, regardless of their position, who would support breaking the law. At the very least, Dr. Blanch could persue legal recourse.

      • Eric Rokke
        June 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm

        I hope you’re right. We are lucky to have Dr. Blanch. And given the current financial problems faced by our school district, terminating Dr. Blanch’s contract early and compensating him while looking for and hiring a new superintendent (not a simple process) would demonstrate incredibly poor judgment. Especially given the challenging environment in our district as it adjusts to the board mandated restructuring.
        Frankly, given this district’s demonstrated habit of scapegoating its superintendents for the questionable actions of the board, a person would have to be masochist or an idiot to accept a District 38 Superintendent job offer.

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