The Saline Area Schools Board of Education has extended the contract of Superintendent Scot Graden until June 30, 2021. If Graden completes the term, he'll be the second longest-serving superintendent in the history of the school district.
Along with the two-year contract, the Board raised Graden's base salary from $145,000 to $152,000. At the same time the board removed Graden's stipends and made them part of his base salary. The board did this for the sake of transparency, according to a news release issued Tuesday evening.
The board and Graden announced the contract extension after meeting in executive session Tuesday night. The board conducted an informal review of Graden. A formal review will take place in the winter. The board reviewed the state of the district and examined preliminary results of a survey sent out to district employees and stakeholders.
"Superintendent Graden continues to move the district forward in a very positive manner. His performance meets the expectations of the Board," Board President Paul Hynek said on behalf of the board.
"I am proud to serve Saline Area Schools. I greatly appreciate the support of the Board of Education, the Saline Area Schools staff and the community. I continue to be excited about the future of the district," Graden said.
Graden will no longer have bonuses in his compensation package. In 2015-16 he was eligible for $8,000 in performance goals. They included the development and implementation of a bond campaign, a structure for capital planning and project management, and revision of the board's five-year plan.
Graden began his career with the district in 1995 as Community Education Program Specialist. In 2000 he became Director of Community Education. He also served as the Athletic Director. He became interim Superintendent in 2007 and took the permanent post in 2008.
Graden's nine years on the job make him the third longest-serving superintendent in school district history. If he completes the five years left on his contract he'll have served 14 years, matching Harold Hintz, who ranks second in longevity.
- Leo Jensen - 1943-1964
- Harold Hintz - 1964-1978
- Scot Graden - 2007-2016
- Ellen Ewing- 1993-2001
- Maurice Conn - 1985-1993
- Norman Katner - 1978-1984
- TM Clay - 1934-1940