Superintendent Scot Graden earned a solid grade from the Saline Area Schools Board of Education in an evaluation completed in closed session at Tuesday’s board meeting. But the board hasn’t decided if the evaluation will translate into a pay raise.
Graden, who is under contract until June 30, 2016, earned an “effective” rating, according to a press release issued by School Board President Lisa Slawson after Tuesday’s meeting.
“Mr. Graden has done an excellent job of moving Saline Area Schools forward during a very challenging time. As a board and a community, we are excited about the future under his leadership,” Slawson said in the press release.
The press release credited Graden’s leadership for “great strides’ the district has made in the past year, including improved student achievement, hiring a new high school principal, settling collective bargaining agreements with four bargaining units, and improving the financial condition of district.
According to the press release, the progress is a testament to Graden’s dedication to higher achievement for all students and his willingness to address difficult financial issues.
The board directed Curt Ellis, assistant superintendent of human resources, to review peer district superintendent compensation packages and prepare a market analysis. The report will be used in by the board in determining Graden’s compensation.
In September of 2011, the board extended Graden’s contract to June 30, 2016. His base salary was $125,000, a $12,741 pay cut that rolled his salary back to 2008-09 levels.
This summer, Graden and the board negotiated similar roll backs with Saline’s teachers’ union, saving the district an estimated $7.5 million over the two-year deal.
Graden’s contract allows the board to increase his salary.
The board evaluated Graden in several areas using four ratings: highly effective, effective, minimally effective and ineffective.
Graden, a graduate of Saline High School, was named the superintendent of Saline Area Schools in March 2008. He began his career with Saline in 1995 as a community education program specialist. In 2000 he became the director of community education. He has also served as interim athletic director, alternative high school principal and executive director of community services.
He lives with wife, Pilar, and their four children Jay, Adrian, Samantha and Nicholas live in Lodi Township.