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New superintendent contract totals $140,000

JULIE SUTOR

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit School Board approved new contracts last week for interim superintendent Millie Hamner and assistant superintendent Peg Kastberg.

Hamner and Kastberg will receive $140,000 and $96,473 annual salaries, respectively, through June 2005.

Their pay will be prorated for the time they have served this school year in their new positions.

Hamner took charge of the district following the termination and buyout of former superintendent Lynn Spampinato’s contract in March, which will cost the district about $211,000.

Kastberg, who had served as the district’s special programs director for more than a year, moved into Hamner’s position as part of the leadership transition.

The two top administrators have absorbed the responsibilities of Kastberg’s former position into their own work in order to cover the cost of the buyout.

“Peggy and I are both very committed to long hours and hard work,” Hamner said. “We also have a lot of eager, responsible principals, assistants and teacher leaders who are willing to work with us.

“We didn’t want the buyout to have a negative impact anywhere else in the district. We didn’t want children, teachers or principals to feel that burden,” Hamner added.

Kastberg’s former position will remain unfilled through June 2006, thus freeing up $110,000 annually to fund the buyout.

Hamner’s and Kastberg’s former salaries were $95,850 and $86,473, respectively.

“When I was hired on three years ago as assistant superintendent, the (special programs director) position didn’t exist,” Hamner said. “And we were able to make that work.”

Kastberg’s position was created during the 2002-03 school year when she left Summit High School where she was co-principal.

Hamner said that Kastberg’s oversight of programs such as special education, the gifted and talented programs and English language acquisition (ELA) enabled the district to do more to address certain groups’ and individuals’ needs.

However, she said she is determined to keep such programs from suffering.

“Our mission is to have programs and resources for all children attending our schools. We’re working hard now to make sure major projects don’t stop. We’ve been working many hours and lots of weekends,” Hamner said.

Hamner will continue to oversee some major projects she led in her former role, including district accountability and district accreditation.

“Those are two very big projects where it makes sense for me to continue doing that work,” Hamner said.

Hamner’s salary as interim superintendent is the same as that which Spampinato received.

“It’s what we’ve been paying a superintendent for this district, and it’s what Millie deserves,” said acting school board president Kristy Johnson. “Per Millie’s request, there’s no buy-out cost in there. She has no travel allowances, no car allowance, no extra costs padded in. We wanted to be very upfront.

“Millie was great to work with on the contract. She erred on the side of benefiting the community and the board more than herself,” Johnson added.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203 or jsutor@summitdaily.com.


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