The Chewelah School Board recently renewed the employment contract for Superintendent Rick Linehan after giving the superintendent high marks during a formal review in December.
Linehan has been the superintendent at the Chewelah School District since 2010 and initially had a three-year contract with the district with the possibility of an annual one-year extension. The current four-member school board extended the contract on July 20 with an annual salary of $109,000, 12 days annual leave and 40 days of vacation for another year. The contract is similar to Linehan’s initial 2010 contract, but the vacation days have been extended from an initial 27 per year to 40.
In a formal review of Linehan’s performance last December, the board rated Linehan at “proficient” in most areas, rating him on a scale of 1 to 4. Categories included relationship with the school board, relationship with the community, staff and personal relationships, educational leadership, business and finance and personal qualities. In the areas of actively participating in community life; maintaining high standards of ethics and devoting time and energy to the job, Linehan received a “4” rating. Per the rating guidelines, giving a superintendent a “4” rating is considered “rare.” However, the board also gave Linehan room for improvement, rating him as “basic,” a 2 score, in the areas of “keeping the board informed on employees’ salaries and schedule benefits” and in being “effective in short-term and long-range planning.”
Per the superintendent’s contract, an informal evaluation of the superintendent is done by the school board in June and a formal review in December of each year.
By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff