All but one Chico ISD administrator received a contract extension at Wednesday’s special school board meeting.
Following a 30-minute closed session, trustees took separate votes on all administrator contracts except that of middle school principal Maury Martin.
The board voted 7-0 to give one-year extensions to high school principal Lisa Slaughter, elementary principal Colleen Netterville, athletic director Stephen Carter, counselor Evelyn Holt and director of special programs Brian Deady. The extensions did not include any adjustments in salaries. Those considerations will be made when the budget is prepared this summer.
Superintendent Mike Jones said after the meeting that Martin’s contract was not brought forward for board consideration. When asked if Martin’s contract would be considered at a future date, Jones said, “I had no recommendation to bring to the board.”
Martin’s current two-year contract expires at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
Jones later explained that nothing in law or policy requires board action in the middle of a multi-year contract.
At the board’s regular meeting Feb. 21, Jones recommended extending the contracts for all administrators except for Martin. Since it was a personnel matter, Jones said he could not comment further on why he did not recommend a contract extension for Martin.
The board voted 3-3 on accepting Jones’ recommendations on the contract extensions at the Feb. 21 meeting, meaning no action was taken. Mark Tate, Noel Ruddick and Paul Cantrell voted in favor of Jones’ recommendations, while Doug Bowyer, Pancho Redwine and G.A. Buckner voted against the superintendent’s recommendation. Board member Craig Moss was absent due to a job obligation. Prior to the vote during the meeting on Feb. 21, three employees and a parent spoke in public forum in support of Martin.
A special meeting was called Wednesday to consider the issue once more. The agenda did not include a public forum.
Martin is in his ninth year as principal at Chico Middle School.