OGDEN -- The Ogden School Board has voted unanimously to renew Superintendent Brad Smith's contract for two more years.
The Thursday announcement came near the end of a tense board meeting at which Smith's performance was criticized by a spokeswoman for a local education caucus.
Board President Shane Story said with Smith's revised contract, his base pay remains at $120,000, but his potential performance pay goes up. Before, Smith was assessed three times a year and got a $10,000 bonus each time he met the criteria.
Now, Smith will be assessed four times yearly, and get $9,000 each time he meets criteria, a potential increase of $6,000 per year.
The contract vote came minutes after Kim Irvine, Weber County Democratic Education Caucus chairwoman, spoke of serious concerns.
"We're hearing of classroom sizes of 38, and even as high as 45 in core classes," she said, noting national recommendations were for 26 in a secondary class. Irvine also criticized Smith's performance-based bonuses.
"Based on an article in the Standard recently, we discovered the superintendent has received bonuses in the last years upwards of $50,000 total. How can this be when this year librarians have been eliminated, teacher and staff assistants have been either eliminated or cut full time to part time?"
Irvine said she requested district data in June and still hasn't received some of it, such as test scores.
"We, the concerned community, want to see this data," she said. "And now, based on this new information, we would now like to add to the request the following: What are the official class sizes in the district, specifically core class sizes, English, math and science? What are the criteria for these bonuses to the superintendent? Is there anyone else receiving bonuses? How are you rewarding your educators who are on the front line every day?"
Smith addressed data questions, saying he got the request in August, and sent some information within two days of an Aug. 13 meeting. Smith said test scores have not yet been released by the state. That happens Sept. 30, state officials say.
Smith said district officials tried unsuccessfully to set up meetings with the caucus. Smith also said he and Irvine had agreed to talk privately about issues before addressing them in public, an agreement he said Irvine broke by speaking at the meeting.
"It's a very inefficient process of coming before the board before talking to me," he said. "My hope is to facilitate direct communication."
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