The administrative leadership of Saline Area School district will remain with Scot Graden's hand at the wheel after a unanimous Board of Education vote to keep him aboard until June 30, 2024.
Graden has served as Saline school district's superintendent since March 2008, before which he worked as a community education program specialist also in Saline schools starting in 1995.
Board President Paul Hynek gave brief positive remarks Tuesday evening during the regular board meeting as he prepared to take the vote from his colleagues on the decision to retain Graden for the maximum contact length that the State of Michigan will allow.
"The board was pleased with your work and we know you brought some goals and we achieved some of those goals this year," Hynek said as he smiled warmly at Graden, in response to which Graden appeared genuinely flattered.
"We are pleased to extend your contract one year to the maximum of five that the state allows, and there is also a stipend increase for your retirement,” Hynek said.
The board last discussed Graden's performance in a closed session on June 25 to specifically review performance during the 2018-2019 school year. During the review the board members considered the state of the district, as the backdrop against which Graden's performance was scrutinized.
The results of a recent school climate survey sent to district employees, students, and parents was also considered during the review.
The review also saw board members set new goals for Graden to meet by the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Graden's pay will remain at $164,000 per year with an increase to retiremen account by 7.35 percent.
“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," Graden said in a press release this week. "I continue to be excited about the future of the district."
The board will perform an informal evaluation in the fall and then a formal evaluation in December to begin the process of measuring Graden's pursuit of the 2019-2020 goals.