Stephenville Superintendent of Schools Dr. Darrell Floyd received a pay raise and a contract extension through the year 2012 during Monday night’s meeting of the Stephenville Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Floyd earned a 3 percent salary increase, boosting his pay from $119,325 to $122,904 annually, effective July 1.
According to a recent statewide superintendent salary survey conducted by Texas Association of School Boards, the average pay for 2006-07 is $104,415 per year for the position.
According to the report, superintendent salaries range from $73,968 in districts with fewer than 500 students to $254,923 in districts with more than 50,000 students. SISD currently has an enrollment of about 3,600.
Including an insurance stipend, Floyd’s overall increase amounts to approximately 5 percent, SISD Board President Ann Calahan said.
Floyd’s current contract was approved for an extension of one year, meaning it was extended to the year 2012.
“We are very pleased with what Dr. Floyd is doing for the district,” Calahan said. “There was never a question as to whether or not his contract would be extended; the discussion was on how much the salary increase would be. The decisions made by the board were unanimous.”
Calahan said Floyd’s personal insurance was already provided for, and the stipend has been broadened to include his children. She said about 75 percent of districts comparable in size to Stephenville’s include family coverage for superintendents, which would also include a spouse. The stipend will amount to about $2,300 per year with the total increase for Floyd, including his salary increase, to amount to $5,133 per year Calahan said.
Calahan said Floyd requested the stipend for insurance be broadened to include his children.
The most common length for contracts for superintendents in Texas is three years, Floyd said. The maximum length allowed by law is five years so Floyd said he is very pleased.
“I appreciate the school board’s confidence in me, and I appreciate their support. I think over the last seven years the district has made significant improvements in a number of areas, and I look forward to building on those successes in the future,” Floyd said.
“We’ve got a great community that is very supportive of our schools. We’ve got great kids to work with, a high quality teaching staff that is dedicated to the success of students, and a great administrative team that leads our schools very effectively. When a superintendent has that type of combination, it’s an enjoyable job.”
In addition, the board approved the promotion of Bob Cervetto from assistant principal to principal at the Junior High School in the wake of Principal Paul Henderson’s recent death.
Cervetto’s educational career spans 27 years - with 26 of those at the Junior High School. Cervetto has been assistant principal since 1995. He received his bachelor’s degree from McMurry University and his master’s degree from Tarleton State University.
In addition to administrative duties, Cervetto has also been serving as the athletic coordinator for the school. His new responsibilities will no longer allow him to serve the school in that capacity.
“I’m excited about the challenge,” Cervetto said. “This will be the first time in 40 years that I won’t be preparing for football season, the first time since fourth grade. It’ll be different, but it’ll be OK.”
The board approved Tylor Chaplin as the new assistant principal. Chaplin has currently been serving the school as a social studies teacher.
Chaplin is a Stephenville High School graduate and received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tarleton State University.
Greg Hardcastle, a current Junior High teacher, will assume duties as the Junior High athletic coordinator.
Blake Johnson has currently been serving in the position of physical education teacher at Central Elementary, and he will now be reassigned as the social studies teacher at the Junior High School, taking Chaplin’s place. Johnson was already coaching after school at the Junior High School and will continue to do so.
The board approved hiring Adam Phillips as the new physical education at Central Elementary to replace Johnson.
The board also accepted the resignation of Julie Schonar, a teacher at Gilbert Intermediate, whose family is relocating due to her husband’s career.