The Lucia Mar school district board this week unanimously approved a contract extension with Superintendent Jim Hogeboom that will last through June 2015.
Hogeboom’s salary will remain unchanged, at $164,560 annually. He was hired to lead the South County district, the county’s largest, nearly three years ago.
The board also voted to allow Hogeboom increased flexibility with $20,000 he receives for “supplemental professional support.”
Previously, Hogeboom could use the funds for professional development and coaching expenses, such as participating in professional associations. Now, he can also put the money toward employment benefits, such as life or disability insurance or supplemental retirement plans.
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The school board also approved an initial proposal for contract negotiations with the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association. Citing budget concerns, the district will seek to include furlough days in the 2011-12 school year.
In addition, the district is proposing to phase out a program providing district-paid retirement health benefits for members ages 55 to 65 with 10 years of service. In the district’s proposal, those hired after July 1 would not be eligible for the benefit.
“I would say it’s too soon to talk about that (furloughs),” teachers union President Lloyd Walzer said. “Frankly, we can’t make any decisions until we have a clear picture of the budget” including waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown’s May revise.
The governor’s proposed budget holds education funding flat, but several million in additional cuts are expected if temporary taxes, including sales tax and vehicle license fees, are not extended and expire at the end of June, according to district administrators.
The district sought to include furlough days in last year’s contract, but the union signed a contract that did not include furloughs, Walzer said.
The district and the teachers association will meet May 9 to establish protocol and identify dates for future meetings.