Waterloo School Board gives Bavis 3.25 percent pay hike, rescinds January motion

School Superintendent Terri Bavis got a pay raise Monday, but still doesn’t have a contract extension — at least not yet.

The School Board voted 5-3 to rescind a Jan. 22 resolution that would have given Bavis a new contract that would have run from July 1 of this year to June 30, 2021. That resolution, approved by a 7-1 vote, stated her salary would remain at $154,020 for the time being, but could change, based on job performance.

But that proposed contract was never completed and executed by the parties. Bavis told the board she was applying for other vacant superintendent jobs and the two were at loggerheads.

Bavis received an outpouring of support from the teaching staff, parents and students, many of whom criticized the board for what they felt was backing out of an agreement on a new contract for a superintendent they strongly supported.

Bavis, who said she wanted to remain in Waterloo, was a finalist for one position but withdrew from consideration in May.

The motion before the board Monday stated that the proposed contract presented the board in January was “missing essential terms, including Superintendent Bavis’s salary, and did not authorize further negotiations of the contract on behalf of the Board of Education.’’

The motion further resolved to “continue to work with Superintendent Bavis in the best interests of the school district under the terms and conditions of the signed employment contract dated April 14, 2016, and shall notify Superintendent Bavis on or before Dec. 31 as to whether the existing contract will be extended.’’

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