Dillingham School Board Approves a New Contract for Superintendent Bill McLeod

Feb 26, 2014

The Dillingham School Board has reached a deal with the man who has led the school district since 2010. Last month the Dillingham School Board agreed to keep Superintendent Bill McLeod on the job through the 2015 school year. However, they still had to work out a contract. That’s done and it was presented to the Dillingham School Board during Monday’s meeting.

For the most part the contract is unchanged from the current contract except that McLeod requested double the amount of annual leave, from 20-days a year to 40-day’s a year. He also wanted language inserted that allows him to cash out up to 50-percent of his unused leave. McLeod also requested a significant increase to the life insurance policy provided by the School District from $20-thousand dollars up to $100-thousand dollars. The contract was negotiated by School Board President Bernina Venua. She recommended approval at Monday night’s School Board meeting.

“I have read all the comparable charts that Alaska Association of School Boards sent us when they surveyed all the superintendent’s salary and benefits. We fall within the mean. We are not the highest. We are even towards the lower end.”

The members of the Dillingham School Board ended up discussing the contract in a short executive session Monday night. Once that session was over the Board voted unanimously to approve the Superintendent’s Fiscal Year 2015 contract. McLeod’s salary will be $112-thousand dollars a year plus a $12-thousand dollar housing allowance.

In other action from Monday night the School Board also agreed to rehire Assistant Superintendent Danny Frazier and High School Principal Bill Schwan. School Board member Chris Napoli noted that the District is lucky to have a good administrative team.

“I’m glad to see them coming back for another year.”

The lone member of the administrative team not coming back next school year is Elementary School Principal Marilyn Rosene who recently announced her retirement at the end of this school year.

Dillingham School District Superintendent Bill McLeod (far right) with School Board President Bernia Venua and State Senator Gary Stevens from Kodiak.
Credit Dillingham City School District