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Superintendent contract nears board approval


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Now that consensus has been reached on the tentative contract terms for incoming superintendent Lori Romano — the final sigh of relief for an official — a board-approved contract could happen at the school board’s meeting next week.

“I’m hoping stars and planets align, and we can have a finalized contract that can be considered by the board,” School Board Attorney Dennis Alfonso said.

Board Chairman Matt Foreman said the hope is to have the contract as an agenda item for completion Tuesday, which might also be brought up at the school board workshop that precedes the meeting.

Optimistically, to enable that to happen, Alfonso would like to have a cleaned up version of the contract submitted to Romano’s legal counsel, Thomas Gonzalez, of Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, P.A. before the end of this week, he said. The majority of Alfonso’s focus Wednesday, he said, consisted of just that.

Those revisions, Alfonso said, are not substantial changes, but rather clarifications to the terms both parties agreed to, and tying up of some of the language.

“If her council certified it, and it’s good, then hopefully by Monday with all the cleaned-up language, they can have a document to bring to the board,” Alfonso said. “If at all possible, we’re trying to get this to the place where the board can have a cleaned-up contract Tuesday for approval.”

The school board offered Romano an annual salary amount of $115,000 for a two-year contract, and Romano countered that offer, asking for $117,000, which the board accepted. After her first year, Romano’s salary will increase to $120,000.

Foreman said at a special meeting last week that Romano’s total contract, between the $115,000 salary and benefits, was valued at around $150,000.

Bonfield said the family health benefits in Romano’s contract — up to $6,000 — are not offered to any other employee in the district, and that the contract wording would have to be drafted more like a stipend.

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