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School board approves raise, contract extension for Superintendent Meeks

Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Brad Meeks listens during a school board meeting in April. Board members voted Friday to increase Meeks' annual salary from $185,000 to $194,365, an increase of $9,365.
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2015-16 base salaries for superintendents

Steamboat Springs School District* — 2,500 students, 5 schools — $189,625 (Now $194,365)

Summit School District* — 3,500 students, 9 schools — $182,149

Aspen School District* — 1,727 students, 4 schools — $171,543

Roaring Fork School District — 5,600 students, 12 schools — $170,000

Eagle School District — 6,804 students, 18 schools — $190,138

Telluride School District* — 935 students, 4 schools — $142,600

Hayden School District — 369 students, 3 schools — $98,500

South Routt School District — 328 students, 3 schools — $103,906

Full list of Colorado superintendent salaries is available at cde.state.co.us./cdereval.

*District accredited with distinction

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Editors note: The 2015-16 salary of Superintendent Brad Meeks has been corrected in this story.

Steamboat Springs Board of Education members have agreed to give Superintendent Brad Meeks a 2.5 percent salary increase for 2016-17 as part of a new contract agreement lasting through June 2019.

2015-16 base salaries for superintendents

Steamboat Springs School District* — 2,500 students, 5 schools — $189,625 (Now $194,365)



Summit School District* — 3,500 students, 9 schools — $182,149

Aspen School District* — 1,727 students, 4 schools — $171,543



Roaring Fork School District — 5,600 students, 12 schools — $170,000

Eagle School District — 6,804 students, 18 schools — $190,138

Telluride School District* — 935 students, 4 schools — $142,600

Hayden School District — 369 students, 3 schools — $98,500

South Routt School District — 328 students, 3 schools — $103,906

Full list of Colorado superintendent salaries is available at cde.state.co.us./cdereval.

*District accredited with distinction

Source: Colorado Department of Education

The raise will bring Meeks’ base salary to $194,365, an increase of $4,740 from his previous salary of $189,625, which the board approved in June 2015.

Board members voted 3-2 Friday night to approve the new contract, with members Sam Rush and Margie Huron voting against the motion specifically because they wanted to hold a conversation on Meeks’ annual performance evaluation first.

An executive session to discuss the superintendent evaluation and another topic was scheduled for the beginning of Friday’s meeting but didn’t take place because board member Joey Andrew brought up concerns of not having an agreed-upon rubric for evaluating the superintendent.

Andrew said Monday different board presidents have used various means for evaluating superintendents, and he’d like all board members to be on the same page with a rubric before working on a performance evaluation.

Huron said Monday that while she is happy with Meeks’ performance, it felt strange to vote on his contract during the meeting without first discussing his evaluation.

“The split vote had nothing to do with Brad’s performance, it had to do with procedure,” Huron said. “I think Brad is easy to work with. He’s amenable to any and all suggestions and concerns from parents and administrators. I’m pleased with his performance.”

Last March Meeks received a 9.4 percent increase on his base salary, bringing it to $185,000 as part of his second raise since joining the district in 2011. Then in June 2015, Meeks received a 2.5 percent increase along with other administrators, bringing his base salary to $189,625.

Board members last March said the 9.4 percent raise was agreed upon after surveying other districts of similar size, those in mountain resort districts and those accredited with distinction.

Board member Roger Good said Monday that when surveying other districts last year, he remembers that many districts had housing or car allowances and various other fringe benefits on top of a base salary, as well as the possibility for performance-based bonuses.

In addition to healthcare and a retirement plan, Meeks receives a $125 monthly mileage allowance, but no other allowances and no housing benefits.

This year’s raise was based on a similar percentage as to what eligible teachers will receive in step increases, which average 2.6 percent, Huron said.

The board agreed at the end of Friday’s meeting to set up a sub-committee to create an evaluation framework for the superintendent position. Andrew and Rush will serve on the committee.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow


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