Wenatchee superintendent search | Gordon’s base salary offer just tops that of Flones

Source: The Wenatchee World


WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee School Board is offering superintendent-to-be Paul Gordon a three-year contract with a base salary of $199,000 and $15,000 in moving expenses, plus the usual benefits.

The board is expected to approve the contract at its Tuesday meeting. The contract is included in the packet for the meeting. Gordon would start on July 1.

The board selected Gordon as its top pick after a round of interviews with four finalists in late February.

Current Superintendent Brian Flones, who has been on the job for 19 years, has a base salary of $197,000. Flones announced in May that he would step down at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, a year before his contract expired.

The job was posted Dec. 1 with an advertised salary range of $170,000 to $180,000. The numbers were based, in part, on Flones’s 2017-20 contract that listed the starting base salary at $178,000. The board later learned the base salary had been bumped over the years to $197,000.

Board President Sunny Hemphill said during a January interview that no matter the advertised salary range, the salary is part of a negotiation process.

Gordon, as superintendent of the Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 in Illinois, currently makes $229,392, according to a report in the Daily Herald, a newspaper in Arlington Heights, Illinois. The Glen Ellyn School Board voted 4-3 in January not to renew Gordon’s contract despite protests from the teacher union, high school administrators and parents who petitioned for him to remain.

During his visit to Wenatchee, Gordon talked about relationship building as critical to a district’s success and said he is committed to inclusion for all students. He also talked about the importance of creating plans that identify clear outcomes and using a collaborative process than ensures all students are growing and achieving at high rates.

Some of the other benefits Gordon is being offered include:

  • $15,000 in moving expenses
  • 25 vacation days
  • 12 sick leave days
  • $500 a month for in-district travel
  • $150 a month for a cell phone
  • His annual salary will increase by no less than the rate of increase established by the state.

The contract also calls for an annual performance review at the second regular board meeting in February each year, which could include a salary bump and contract extension.

The Eastmont School Board in January approved a 3.1-percent salary increase for Superintendent Garn Christensen, bringing his base salary to $180,765. In addition, Christensen receives 15 percent additional compensation, which can be used to purchase additional benefits, tax-sheltered annuities or received as pay. He gets 32 days of vacation a year, not counting holidays, plus sick leave and a $700-a-month transportation stipend.