Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson accepted 1-year contract extension to prepare district for the future
Superintendent Wendy Robinson of Fort Wayne Community Schools wanted to stay on the job an extra year to help set up the district for success in the future.
“We have to approach change more aggressively,” Robinson said after the FWCS board of school trustees voted 5-1 Monday night to extend her contract by one year, through June 30, 2020.
Robinson, who was just named one of four finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year award, wants to spend her remaining time preparing teachers to work with students to help youngsters succeed in school.
Numerous changes in recent years in Indiana’s assessment tests, academic standards and graduation pathways have made it more of a challenge to help students succeed in school, she said.
A key component of FWCS’ work to improve classroom success will be a “very large” federal grant the school district will receive to fund its proposed PEER: Performance + Equity = Excellent Results! program, Robinson said. The program would work with teachers and school leaders over the next five years to improve their effectiveness, according to a project report.
She wants to involve teachers in that process, she said.
Robinson’s new contract will take her to well into the third year of the PEER grant, she said.
School board members held a public hearing Dec. 11 on Robinson’s proposed contract extension, and no one from the public made any comments about it.
School board President Julie Hollingsworth and Vice-President Steve Corona both voiced support for the contract extension during the Dec. 11 meeting.
Board member Glenna Jehl, who voted against the contract extension Monday night, voiced concern about the contract extension at the Dec. 11 meeting but didn’t make any comments Monday night.
At the meeting a week ago, Jehl said the board had just approved Robinson’s current contract last December and she thought it would be better to see how the next two years go before approving an extension.
Jehl praised Robinson Dec. 11 for doing a good job and for working hard, but Jehl also said she believes the school district hasn’t placed enough emphasis on improving academic achievement.
The one-year extension would continue Robinson’s annual salary at its current amount of $210,164 per year. That is the same salary she has received since the 2014-2015 school year.
With health insurance, life insurance, retirement and other benefits, the one-year extension would have a total value of $278,807 to $293,807 for the year, depending on some conditional payments. Those totals are about $1,750 more than the total value of her current annual compensation and benefits.