Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Jason Glass now holds a contract for the position until June 2025. The Jeffco Board of Education voted unanimously March 7 to extend Glass’ contract by five …
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Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Jason Glass now holds a contract for the position until June 2025.
The Jeffco Board of Education voted unanimously March 7 to extend Glass’ contract by five years.
“The things I value in this extension are that it creates stability,” said boardmember Brad Rupert. “Many changes we’ve talked about and made in the last couple years will take some time to mature; take some time to show positive results; and take some persistence to let things come to pass. I think there is value in providing for that stability.”
The contract extension deals solely with duration of time and does not increase Glass’ salary.
Glass’ original three-year contract with Jeffco, which began on July 1, 2017 lists a base salary of $265,000. It also outlines a contribution to a tax-sheltered annuity plan or plans in the amount equal to 7 percent of the superintendent’s annual salary.
His original contract also outlines an annual cost of living increase to his salary.
Boardmember Susan Harmon pointed out this yearly increase as it will continue with the contract extension.
Concern came from community members during public comment about the transparency of the contract extension as this was the first time it was listed on a public agenda. This caused a discussion about transparency and policy by the board.
While this is the first time the discussion was on an agenda that allowed public comment, the board said they had previously discussed the contract extension in executive session.
“I’m really excited for Jeffco about this, but I don’t want there to be any question from anybody about our intent,” boardmember Ali Lasell said.
Craig Hess, chief legal council for Jeffco schools, advised the board that the item was on the agenda giving adequate notice to the public therefore the board was allowed to make a vote March 7, rather than waiting another month to allow for additional public comment.
“I struggle with this because I don’t want to stop people from having input,” Harmon said. “It has been on the agenda and we did hear from people tonight. I heard public comment on this.”
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