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Kings Park school board extends superintendent's contract

A divided Kings Park school board has extended the contract of Superintendent Susan Agruso for two years.

The board voted, 3-2, on Tuesday to approve the extension. Agruso’s deal had been due to expire in June 2013.

Board member Steve Weber said Wednesday he voted against the extension because the board had not conducted a formal evaluation of Agruso this year. He declined to offer an opinion of Agruso, who is in her fourth year leading the district.

“I believe very strongly that it’s important to give the superintendent a performance review before extending the contract,” Weber said.

Board president William Motherway said the board evaluated Agruso last spring and plans to do so again in March. He said the district, under Agruso, has had “increasing [academic] performance,” noting that three of its students are semifinalists in the Intel national science competition.

“We have been able to deliver very responsible and reasonable budgets for our community,” Motherway said. “We are absolutely on the right track for the future.”

Agruso, whose annual salary is $209,100, said in an interview she was “ecstatic,” adding the new contract would give the district “stability” amid 2012-13 budget deliberations.

“We have some great stuff going on,” Agruso said. “We have a great team in place.”

Motherway said Agruso’s salary could be revised while the contract is in effect.


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