Calling himself one member of a team, Supt. Paul Stanton declined 50 percent of his state-mandated performance pay and asked the Humboldt Unified School District governing board to divide the money equally between the district's 10 schools.
The governing board established the criteria for half of the superintendent's performance pay to be a district grade rating by the State of B or better and seven of the district nine schools to receive a B or better.
"If you hit the goal, it's automatic," said Human Resources Director Dan Streeter. "We set a goal for the district and tied that into the superintendent's performance pay."
School superintendents around the state receive an annual performance pay based on a percentage of their salary.
In December, former Public Relations Director Mariela Bean said she knew of some superintendents in Phoenix who received performance pay at 25 percent of their salary.
"The entire performance pay is a legislative requirement. I think Dr. Stanton used the percentage (6 percent) that teachers get for their Prop 301 money, which is also performance pay above and beyond their contract," Bean said.
Half of Stanton's performance pay is determined by a satisfactory rating or better on the superintendent's annual evaluation, and half by the Arizona Department of Education's determination of the district's B grade or better and seven of ten schools earning a B grade or better. The total amount available is $6,840.
This means the board will divide $3,420 between the district's nine school sites and the Bright Futures preschool.
"This is based on what the principals, teachers and staff do," Stanon said. "I'm a team member, and when you have a team, you share with all the members."
Stanton asked the board to send the money back to the schools; it approved his request 4-0, Gary Hicks was absent.
"It was the right thing to do," said Mountain View Elementary School Principal JoAnne Bindell after the meeting.