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School board approves pay hikes

Superintendent gets 7 percent raise; other administrators see 0.5 percent


Reasoning the district’s financial fortunes are on the mend, members of the Forest Grove School Board approved raises for administrators, including Superintendent Yvonne Curtis, at their June 24 meeting.

The vote was 4-1, with board member Kate Grandusky dissenting.

Curtis, who was hired to lead the 5,800-student district in 2009, will earn $139,650 in 2013-14, bumping her salary up 7 percent. She earned $130,514 in 2012-13. The board also renewed her contract for another year.

Twenty-two administrators — including principals, athletic directors, assistant principals, Special Education Director Brad Bafaro, Business Director Mike Schofield and Assistant Superintendent John O’Neill — received 0.5 percent pay increases beginning next year.

Administrators took a 3 percent salary cut last year. Earlier in June, the board approved a 2013-14 calendar that includes six more school days than in 2012-13 — a signal the district is on the rebound after two years in which a total of 15 days were cut due to budget shortfalls.

The board also renewed a contract with Forest Grove Community School, the district’s only public charter school, for five years.




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