District eliminates superintendent's bonus -- at her request

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District eliminates superintendent's bonus -- at her request

By KATE CERVE kcerve@beaufortgazette.com 843-706-8177
Published Tuesday, December 15, 2009   |  216 Words  |  news

An amendment to superintendent Valerie Truesdale's contract approved by the Beaufort County Board of Education on Tuesday will eliminate her performance-based bonus.
Truesdale said she requested the change.
"In my opinion, for me to benefit from the collective work of the district would not be setting the kind of example we should as educators," Truesdale said. "My teachers work as hard as I do."
In October, Truesdale announced she would refuse any bonus this year, citing the economy. The amendment extends her refusal to future years.
The board approved other amendments to her contract Tuesday, including:

  • Extending it by two years to June 30, 2013.
  • Tying the superintendent's annual cost-of-living raise to state-mandated cost-of-living raises for teachers. Truesdale will not receive a raise this year.
  • Increasing the number of unused vacation days she is allowed to carry over to the next year from 45 to 60 days.
    The changes to Truesdale's contract are the result of a November performance review by board members, who said she has exceeded their expectations.
    Board members said they wanted to reward Truesdale's performance and keep her contract competitive but had to consider challenging economic conditions.
    In 2008, Truesdale earned a $17,500 bonus, and her annual base pay was raised by $7,600 to $205,600.