Five of seven trustees voted to pass the resolution for the three-year contract, which would pay Smalls an annual salary of $235,226, an increase of $3,476. The deal takes effect January 15.
Trustee Cora Carey was late for the board meeting and did not vote, but said yesterday that she supports the agreement. Trustee Stephanie Bellino abstained from voting but said yesterday that a raise should not be given because of the troubled economy.
Board of Education president Lloyd Newland said Smalls’ performance, including implementing rigorous International Baccalaureate programs in lower grades and boosting student achievement enough to remove the district from the state’s “schools in need of improvement” list, merited an increase.
Smalls, who joined the district in 2008, was not available for comment this morning.
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