BROADALBIN - The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District Board of Education approved a four-year extension for Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson following an executive session Monday.
The extension will increase his current salary of $135,542 by 4 percent for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, and by 3 percent for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, according to the addendum to the previous contract.
According to the extension, for the 2014-15 year he will receive $140,963. For the 2015-16 school year, he will receive $146,602 and for the 2016-17 school year, he will make $151,000. For the final 2017-18 school year, he will receive $155,530.
Board President Edward Szumowski said the board unanimously elected to extend Tomlinson's contract because of his commitment to the community and performance in the role as superintendent.
"Stephen is heavily invested in Broadalbin-Perth and he has committed all of his time to the running of the school and the success of its programs," Szumowski said. "If you go to an event at Broadalbin-Perth there is a very strong chance you will see Stephen there. [The extension] is an expression of his commitment to success."
He said under Tomlinson's leadership the district has made its way through tough fiscal situations and also increased the graduation rate to the best in the surrounding counties.
The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District had the highest graduation rate in Fulton and Montgomery counties at 86.9 percent in 2012.
"That has always been my number one priority," Tomlinson said. "We can all pat ourselves on the back for the testing results in our three through eight testing programs, but in the end when that student walks across the stage to grab that diploma, we're not thinking about what they got on their assessment."
"Comparing Stephen's salary to school districts statewide with similar enrollment, he is significantly underpaid," Szumowski said. "We did a pretty exhaustive analysis of all the data we could get our hands on and we wanted to give him a contract with some length to it and get his salary competitive because this is a business, and he could have easily went to one of the other districts that are currently looking for a superintendent and got a substantial raise."
Tomlinson became the superintendent in 2007, although he has been a part of the district for the entirety of his adolescent and adult life. He was a member of the last graduating class at Broadalbin Central School, and following college became a physical education teacher at the middle school. He later would go on to be the principal at the Primary School before becoming assistant superintendent and ultimately superintendent.
"My blood is Broadalbin-Perth," Tomlinson said. "There is so much hope for the future here at Broadalbin-Perth. I'm lucky to come to work every day and work with wonderful people and have a Board of Education that pays me fairly. I live less than two minutes from my office and I'm pretty thankful to have what I have."
The addendum states on or before July 1, 2017, the board will notify Tomlinson as to whether it intends to extend his appointment for an additional three-year period. If the board chooses to continue the appointment, he must submit a written letter to the board stating his plans of employment with the district going forward, the addendum stated.
The district and Tomlinson previously agreed to a contract in June 2009 and the parties then executed an addendum to the contract in 2010.
However, the district has now decided to once again extend his contract through another addendum that will continue the deal to June 30, 2018, with the modified terms and increases in salary.
The extension also notes that all other provisions of the 2009 agreement and 2010 addendum shall remain in full force and effect, except for those specifically mentioned in the addendum.