The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

June 10, 2014

Superintendent Deb Olson receives 2.5 percent raise

By Brenden West Assistant Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON -- The Clinton School Board approved a new three-year contract for superintendent Deb Olson, one that she said will provide her assurance and stability. She will make $160,379 in the 2014-2015 school year, a 2.5-percent increase from this year's salary. Future pay grades and raises will be determined with each fiscal year.

"It's a commitment from both sides," Olson said. "The three-year part allows me the security of knowing I have a job."

Although board member Eric Gettes was absent, he raised concerns about the contract in written form. The basis for Gettes' hesitance was the uncertainty of how much money CCSD will receive from the state down the road.

"I believe she is well deserving of a 2.5 percent wage and I’d like to have funds to having more," Gettes said. “However in principle I’m opposed to having long-term contracts."

In the end, he added: “I will respect the final decision by the board.”

Other board members raised questions, but with Gettes absent they ultimately voted unanimously to approve the new salary. Human Resources Director Jess Terrell said the contract is similar to previous arrangements with Olson and consistent with other Iowa districts.

"I’ve never heard of superintendents having one year unless they request it,” Terrell said. “The standard operating procedure in school districts across Iowa is a three-year contract. If they don’t get that, it’s kind of a lack of confidence.”

Board president Jim McGraw supported the contract.

“The satisfaction of knowing Deb will be here at least three years is meaningful to me," he said. "I’d like to see us continue that.”