St. Paul Superintendent Valeria Silva (Pioneer Press file photo: John Doman)
The St. Paul school board gave Superintendent Valeria Silva another glowing annual performance review, her third since she took over the district.
At the board’s Tuesday, Dec. 18, meeting, Chair Jean O’Connell said Silva met or exceeded expectations in all areas the board sizes up, from instruction to management to human resources. She added that the board supports Silva as she continues to make improvement in some areas, which O’Connell did not specify.
“We look forward in 2013 to supporting Superintendent Silva as she continues to use her strengths to lead our district in raising student achievement,” O’Connell said.
Normally, a positive review triggers an automatic 1 percent raise for Silva, but this one will have no effect on her salary next year, the first in a new three-year contract. That contract set a firm base salary of $193,000 for 2013, with 2 percent annual raises and 1 percent performance bumps the next two years.
Silva, who has worked more than 25 years in the district, will also receive an $11,000 longevity bonus and a $13,200 expense allowance.
In announcing her contract renewal last spring, the board included those 1 percent evaluation increases in a base salary breakdown: O’Connell said the board did that because members fully expected a satisfactory review.
While giving her high marks all around last year, the board urged Silva to continue strengthening relationships with parents and other community stakeholders.
around, as Silva gears up to start her fourth year as superintendent, the board commended her especially for her work on the successful passage of an increased operating levy in November and her ongoing efforts to roll out her Strong Schools, Strong Communities plan.
The board evaluated Silva at a three-hour closed meeting Dec. 11. O’Connell said all members submitted written feedback on Silva’s performance and participated in a discussion.
Mila Koumpilova can be reached at 651-228-2171.