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Steamboat Springs School Board approves raise for Superintendent Brad Meeks

Other actions:

Architect hired

The board Monday approved the hiring of SlaterPaull as the district’s architect for pre-bond work.

Representatives from the Denver-based company have already toured each of the district’s existing schools and the district office in anticipation of its work.

The contract is for an amount not to exceed $92,100 for programming, facility assessment, master planning and conceptual design and other fees.

Finance director resigns:

The board approved the resignation of Finance Director Dale Mellor, who has worked in the district for nearly 16 years.

Mellor was not at Monday night's meeting and has already left the area. His resignation is effective June 30, and he will continue providing services to the district during that time, including participating in ongoing collaborative bargaining team meetings.

A posting for the open position is on the district's website at http://www.sssd.k12.co.us.

— Steamboat Springs Superintendent Brad Meeks is receiving a 9.4 percent increase on his base salary effective two weeks ago, following a school board vote Monday night.

Meeks’ annual salary, which retroactively went into effective Feb. 24, is now $185,000, up from the $169,125 annual salary he negotiated last June. Prior to that increase, Meeks was paid $165,000 annually since taking over as the district’s top leader in 2011.

Board President Roger Good said the school board surveyed other districts of similar size, those in other mountain resort communities and others that were accredited with distinction before making the decision to give Meeks a pay raise.



“It’s been four years since Brad got here and a comprehensive analysis of what the landscape looked like, and it’s time,” Good said. “The landscape has changed dramatically in the last four years.”

At least three teachers attended the meeting Monday to question language in the negotiated contract, including a phrase that said in the future, the board and superintendent could negotiate contract revisions linking teacher salary increases to administrator increases and establishing a performance-based pay system for the superintendent.



One teacher said she was worried about the performance-based pay idea trickling down and applying to teachers, potentially linking their pay and performance.

Board members said they hadn’t considered the idea.

“I think you’re reading too much into this,” said board member Scott Bideau.

Good said the timing of Meeks’ raise didn’t have any significance other than it makes sense to negotiate his contract before considering other administrators’ salaries later this year and during ongoing negotiations with teachers.

Since Meeks began at the district in 2011, teachers have received about a 14 percent increase in salaries. Meeks’ raise means his base salary has increased 12.12 percent since he took the position.

The new salary is effective through June 30 and can be renegotiated by Meeks and the board before July 1.

Other actions:

Architect hired

The board Monday approved the hiring of SlaterPaull as the district’s architect for pre-bond work.

Representatives from the Denver-based company have already toured each of the district’s existing schools and the district office in anticipation of its work.

The contract is for an amount not to exceed $92,100 for programming, facility assessment, master planning and conceptual design and other fees.

Finance director resigns:

The board approved the resignation of Finance Director Dale Mellor, who has worked in the district for nearly 16 years.

Mellor was not at Monday night’s meeting and has already left the area. His resignation is effective June 30, and he will continue providing services to the district during that time, including participating in ongoing collaborative bargaining team meetings.

A posting for the open position is on the district’s website at http://www.sssd.k12.co.us.

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


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