Summit school board approves 2-year contract for new superintendent |

Summit school board approves 2-year contract for new superintendent

Summit School District Superintendent-elect Anthony Byrd speaks during his interview with the school board March 11 in Frisco. Byrd accepted the contract, which includes a $210,000 annual salary and $5,000 relocation bonus, and will start July 1.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the length of Anthony Byrd’s contract.

Summit School District plans to pay Anthony Byrd a $210,000 annual salary for the superintendent position the next two years, according to his newly approved employment contract.

The district’s school board unanimously approved Byrd’s contract, which has been accepted and signed by the next superintendent, on Thursday, March 24. The board selected Byrd on March 15 to replace Interim Superintendent Roy Crawford, who is retiring to spend more time with his family.

When he starts July 1, Byrd will be making more money than the district’s previous two superintendents. Crawford’s salary was $200,000 per year, and former superintendent Marion Smith Jr. made $179,000, according to previous Summit Daily reporting.

Byrd also received a bonus up to $5,000 to make the move from Seattle, where he works as the executive director for Teach for America Washington. On Thursday, Byrd informed the board members that he and his wife have been able to secure housing in Frisco and plan to have their family moved this summer.

“I’m very, very excited, very honored, very humbled and very eager to come,” he said.

Byrd’s contract begins July 1 and has a defined end date of June 30, 2024, but the board will have the opportunity to extend the contract past that end date. In his initial interviews with the board, Byrd said he wants to commit 10 years to the district.

The contract also specified that the board will evaluate Byrd’s performance as superintendent on or before Feb. 1 of each year. The evaluations will look at Byrd’s progress on district goals, his own personal goals and his relationship with the board.

The approval of Byrd’s contract marks the end of the district’s monthslong superintendent search, which included an extensive search for applicants, interviews with district stakeholders, interviews with board members and hours of discussion.

Going forward, the board will move into a state of transition to help Crawford pass leadership to Byrd, board President Kate Hudnut said.

During Thursday’s meeting, the board also talked about the district’s strategic plan. District officials are in the process of meeting with students, parents, community organizations, district staff and teachers to discuss the strategic plan, which highlights goals for improvement and steps to achieve them. Hudnut said that work is very important to the transition process.

“We have some great intentionality of Roy to Tony and some great intentionality of where we are for the goals we set for this school year and what those goals might be,” she said. “… We can have as smooth a transition as possible.”

At Thursday’s meeting, the board members congratulated Byrd on being selected as superintendent and thanked him for his work throughout the process.

“We’re very excited to have you on board,” Johanna Kugler said. “I look forward to making sure that our kiddos are put first and to keep our work moving forward.”

Hudnut said the district will be posting a video introducing Byrd to students and families soon.

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