April 21, 2018
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RSU 40 extends contract, gives raise to superintendent

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

WALDOBORO, Maine — The Regional School Unit 40 Board unanimously extended last week the contract to Superintendent Susan Pratt.

The board voted to extend the superintendent’s contract for a year, which will make it last through the 2014-2015 school year, said Board Chairman Danny Jackson.

The board also unanimously agreed to grant Pratt a 2.5 percent raise for 2013-2014 and to increase her annual reimbursement for travel expenses to $4,500. Her current salary is $99,500 and the raise amounts to an additional $2,488, bringing her annual pay in the next school year to nearly $102,000.

Pratt began her job with RSU 40 in August 2011.

RSU 40 covers Waldoboro, Warren, Union, Friendship and Washington.

The vote was taken on Dec. 20 after the board conducted its annual evaluation.

The board’s action comes three months after members gave their unanimous support to Pratt following claims by some teachers and parents that the superintendent plagiarized the district’s strategic plan.

The board was scheduled to hold a closed-door meeting at the Dec. 20 meeting on the status of negotiations with the Medomak Valley Education Association. That was not held, Jackson said. The teachers contract expired over the summer, and they are working off the previous agreement.

The teachers and board remained in mediation as of Wednesday, according to Marc Ayotte, executive director of the Maine Labor Relations Board.

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