OPELOUSAS —The St. Landry Parish School Board voted 10-3 Thursday to extend the contract of Superintendent Edward Brown until Dec. 31, 2016.
Board members spent nearly an hour in closed session evaluating Brown and discussing his job performance as superintendent since he assumed the position on May 3, 2013.
Brown’s current two-year contract is scheduled to expire on May 2, 2015. His salary of $118,000 a year will remain in effect during the contract extension.
“The work that I’ve done as superintendent speaks for itself,” Brown said, adding that he isn’t sure why three board members voted against the extension to Dec. 31, 2016. Those members wanted only a one-year extension.
Brown’s current contract stipulates he would undergo annual evaluations, something the board had failed to perform until Thursday.
Board President Josie Frank said Brown scored an overall 4.07 out of a possible 5.0 on his evaluation, based on 35 questions.
Brown said one area the board feels he needs improvement is “publicizing the good things in the (district).”
The evaluation covered topics such as responsibility, educational programing and planning, relationship with the board, business and financial management, community relationships, individual characteristics and job-related characteristics.
A separate area of the evaluation form included three areas specified in Brown’s contract.
One of those, dealing with the payment of stipends for teachers rated highly effective on their annual evaluations, brought lengthy discussion before the board went into the closed session.
Board member Hazel Sias said the district has a plan for evaluating teachers’ performance, but teachers are complaining they are not being compensated properly as required by state law.
Personnel Director Matthew Scruggins told the board the stipends are included as part of the teachers’ annual salaries under a pay schedule adopted by the district.
Voting to extend Brown’s contract to Dec. 31, 2016, were Charles Ross, Roger Young, Huey Wyble, Frank, Harry Fruge, Kyle Boss, Raymond Cassimere, Donnie Perron, Anthony Standberry and Candace Gerace.
Voting against that extension were Sias, Milton Ambres and Randy Wagley.