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Pass Christian school district finalizes superintendent contract
By Jennifer Lenain
Jan 18, 2013, 17:37

The Pass Christian School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday finalized its contract with new Superintendent Beth John.
The contract states that John will serve as superintendent from Jan. 1 until June 30, 2015, receiving an annual compensation of $120,000.
In addition, the contract also determined her salary to be $5,000 per month for maintaining the duties of director of curriculum and instruction.
The terms of the agreement will remain in effect until the district hires a replacement.
"We think we will find a curriculum director by the summer," said Randy DeWitt, school board president. "If not, we'll start grooming somebody. The job is too much to do both."
In March 2012, the board unanimously selected John as interim superintendent and named her superintendent of the district in December 2012. She has been with the district since 1977 and has acted as the director of curriculum and instruction since 2006.
"I am honored that the Pass Christian School District Board of Trustees chose me to continue the impressive leadership legacy of our previous Superintendent," John said in a statement issued Friday.
John also said she is aware of looming budget cuts on the state and federal level and is set on maintaining the best interest of the students.
"She is being stretched handling both duties, but it is the middle of the year and it would be difficult to hire someone keeping with our standard of excellence that is not currently under contract," District Business Manager Marsha Garziano said.
The district is saving by having John maintain both , Garziano said.
"Because we do not have a full time curriculum director, we are only paying a half to three quarters of what the full-time position would require," Garziano said.
"The next curriculum director to lead our district must be able to hit the ground running," John said. He or she will have to face the much more rigorous common core curriculum that the state will soon adopt as well as the current state curriculum.
"The main thing to focus on is what's best for the students," John said. "I am willing to put aside my own needs to continue focusing on the students."


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