Top Colo. education boss gets $358,000 Vegas package

By: CAROL MCGRAW
October 15, 2010
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The Clark County School District Board of Trustees in Las Vegas has approved a contract that confirms Colorado Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones as the superintendent. 

He will he receive a compensation package worth $358,000, according to Las Vegas news reports.

The district, the fifth largest in the nation, has about 310,000 students and a budget of $2.2 billion. Jones will take over the job in December.

His annual salary will be $270,000, and other benefits include $15,000 for moving expenses; $4,000 a year for professional development; $700 a month car allowance; 31 days of vacation; a $150,000 life insurance policy, and $660 a month to defray expenses for being “visible in the schools” and participating in community events, it was reported. 

Under the four-year contract, he can be dismissed at any time with 90 days notice. His buyout would be a year's salary and benefits.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reported: "To ease his transition from Colorado to Las Vegas, Jones also may get free housing for his first six months in town. The board voted 6-1 to have the Public Education Foundation, which raises money for the district, set up a fund to collect as much as $30,000, or $5,000 a month, for Jones' transitional housing."

Jones, who is attending the National Association of State Boards of Education conference in Utah, issued the following statement through the Colorado Department of Education:

“I would like to thank the Clark County School District Board of Trustees for their confidence and support. The challenges ahead of us require commitment, teamwork and sense of urgency, and it’s apparent to me that the board and the community are ready with all three ingredients. In addition, there is a clear focus on what we all desire, better results for students. This moment is a bit bittersweet because of the excellent work and dedicated leaders who are making headway in Colorado, but I am pleased that we have reached this step and I am eager to dive in and get going.

“In addition to thanking the trustees in Clark County, I need to publicly express appreciation to the members of Colorado State Board of Education, who all supported my desire to return to direct, up-close-and-personal work with schools and teachers.”

Education News Colorado reported that several possible candidates to replace Jones have withdrawn from consideration, including Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien, Denver Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Aurora Superintendent John Barry and Harrison School District 2 Superintendent Mike Miles.

Stan Scheer, former head of the high achievement Littleton School District has said he might apply.

 

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