The Oklahoma City School Board has rehired its school district superintendent for the next three years and given him a 2 percent raise.
But Karl Springer's contract will have something new this time around: performance measures.
Springer will have specific, measurable goals he must meet, and the board is expected to hash out the details of those goals in the coming weeks.
“If we don't meet the performance goals that we've got, then it will be up to the board to go in a different direction,” Springer said.
Performance measures could be related to things such as third-grade reading performance or end-of-instruction testing.
Springer said his goals will cascade down to central office staff and district principals.
The contract is effective July 1 and runs through June 30, 2016.
His salary will be $168,135, plus benefits — up from $165,000 last year.
Three-year contracts are common because it helps school boards keep superintendents they like, said Steven Crawford, executive director of Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration.
“If they have somebody they have confidence in, it's a way to keep them around and not have somebody come in and recruit them away,” Crawford said. “ ... Most initiatives that a superintendent would bring to a school district are more than one-year initiatives. It allows continuity.”
But outlining specific performance measures is becoming more common in superintendent contracts in Oklahoma and nationwide, Crawford said.
“There's a movement to use performance pay at all levels, so it's a way of saying that if we're doing that for teachers and others, why wouldn't we do that for administration?” he said. “And if you're moving in that direction, why wouldn't you do it there first? It's a way of setting targeted goals and trying to reach them.”