Sunday, October 01, 2000

CPS chief may get 3 more years


Board to vote on extension for superintendent's contract

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A week after receiving a good performance review, Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Steve Adamowski may receive a three-year contract extension.

        The Cincinnati Board of Education will vote Mondayon the proposed contract extension.

        Board member John Gilligan initiated the proposal. Board President Rick Williams said Saturday that he strongly supports awarding Mr. Adamowski three more years.

        “It's an excellent idea,” he said. “We're securing the future of the district by doing this. The superintendent is key to the total team that makes the school district's accomplishments happen.”

        Mr. Adamowski's current three-year contract expires in July. He is paid $136,200 a year. The school board can discuss a possible salary increase later, Mr. Williams said.

        It's unclear whether a majority of board members favor a contract extension at this time.

        Harriet Russell, the board's vice president, said she opposes approving an extension before the vote on the district's 6-mill school levy in the Nov. 7 election.

        “We should not be distracting from the focus of explaining to people why we need the 6-mill school levy,” she said. “The issue on the ballot is whether schools need the money, and they definitely do. The issue on the ballot is not an issue of leadership.”

        The board shouldn't extend the superintendent's contract before it sets goals for Mr. Adamowski for the current school year, she said.

        The board legally has until March 1, 2001, to extend Mr. Adamowski's contract, she said.

        Mr. Gilligan, former Ohio governor, was getting married this weekend and was unavailable for comment.

        In its most recent performance review of Mr. Adamowski, the board praised his leadership and resourcefulness.

        The board found the district improved in 18 of 30 academic indicators.

        The district recently received national attention with its new performance-based salary system for teachers.

       



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