School superintendent's contract extended 4 years

By Pat Sunderland


After a favorable performance evaluation, the Delta County Board of Education approved a contract extension for district superintendent Caryn Gibson.

Gibson is a 26-year employee of Delta County Joint School District and has served as superintendent for four years.

The school board conducted a formal evaluation centering on the superintendent's goals to increase achievement and growth for all students; build staff capacity to perform at a high level; provide prudent stewardship of district resources to best support student success; and to engage the communities, staff, families, students and other stakeholders in supporting the schools and improving educational outcomes for all Delta County students.

School board president Pete Blair said Gibson's contract was set to expire at the end of the 2015-16 school year. The contract was extended four more years, to the end of the 2019-20 school year. Blair said there will be a school board election in 2019, so the new board will have an opportunity to evaluate Gibson for at least six months. "That way we're not committing future boards," Blair said.

He added that school board members awarded Gibson high marks on all her goals. "Over the past three years, since I've been on the school board, we've lost over 250 students, yet we still seem to make the finances work. In fact, we increased our fund balance with less revenue.

"We also thought she's doing a good job with community engagement, and academically students are doing well." Plus, North Fork Montessori at Crawford and North Fork School for Integrated Studies offer choices for families.

Gibson's salary is $125,000 a year, and by contract will be increased each year commensurate with certified staff salaries. If there are no funds for staff salary increases, Gibson's salary will not be increased either, Blair said.

Gibson said she's looking forward to continued support of students and staff. "We've been working in a very positive direction, and we want to continue the good things we're doing for students and staff," she said.