School board renews superintendent contract

Webster Parish Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Rawls’ evaluation will be turned in to the school board Monday as they decide whether to renew his contract for another two years. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald
Webster Parish Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Rawls’ evaluation will be turned in to the school board Monday as they decide whether to renew his contract for another two years. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald

The contract for Webster Parish Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Rawls has been renewed for 30 months.

In Monday’s school board meeting, the board approved the renewal of his contract by a unanimous vote.

“I want to pledge to this board with all sincerity to reiterate what my ultimate goal is,” he said following the vote, “and that is to take this district to the next level. It’s not always easy doing that. I wouldn’t work for anybody else. I know sometimes that’s hard for you to believe, because I’ve had the opportunity to work for other systems. I have something to compare it to. You guys are head and shoulders above the others, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve you and the children of Webster Parish.”

In a personnel committee meeting prior to the regular meeting, the committee hashed out the final details of his contract. It was renewed for 30 months instead of 24 months, moving his contract in line with the timing of other administrative contracts.

In an Oct. 19 committee meeting, board member John Madden had asked the committee to consider making his contract this time 30 months instead of the traditional 24 for that very reason.

Rawls’ salary will remain at $120,000 per year, with benefits and retirement. He will also get 20 days paid vacation annually, along with 13 days sick leave.

Rawls was evaluated in August, with the results turned in to board president Charles Strong in September. Strong released the tabulated results at the Oct. 19 personnel committee meeting, with an overall score of 2.27 with 3 as the highest score.

In August, Rawls said he’d like to focus more on the block schedule for all schools in the parish as well as offering more college credit courses. He also wants to begin incorporating career pathway courses such as a certified nursing assistant program or an ag pathway for students who won’t go to college.

Rawls was evaluated on his educational leadership, district management, meeting performance objectives and board and community relations.

His current contract will expire Dec. 31. The new contract will begin Jan. 1, 2016 and end June 30, 2018.

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