Contract extension for Modesto schools chief eyed

naustin@modbee.comJuly 7, 2013 

    alternate textNan Austin
    Title: Education reporter
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    Bio: Nan Austin has been a copy editor and reporter at The Modesto Bee for 24 years. She has an economics degree from CSU Stanislaus and previously worked at the Merced Sun-Star and Turlock Journal.
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— Modesto City Schools board members will hear about grant-writing success at tonight's meeting and consider extending the contract of Superintendent Pam Able.

The proposed 2013-17 contract would leave her annual compensation essentially unchanged, $225,000 plus $4,200 expenses stipend. Able's pay reported to the IRS for 2012 was $226,655 plus $4,200 in extras.

District grant writer Karen Servas will give the board a report on her efforts. The district applied for 25 grants over the past school year, asking for $3 million to fund a wide variety of school and community programs, according to meeting materials.

Of those, 10 were funded, including a $200,000 California Endowment grant to implement better discipline strategies and lower the district's high suspension rates. The remainder add up to $85,000 from a variety of sources.

Two are still being considered. Applications for science education programs and a health grant did not receive funding.

The board could vote tonight on continuing a 23-year tradition of partnering with the Modesto Police Department for school and district security. The contract up for consideration would pay MPD $448,000 for officers for junior high and high school campuses. Security at school board meetings would account for $4,500 of the amount.

In other business the board will consider:

• A $99,500 contract with Quality Service Inc. for continued oversight of the Gregori High School water distribution system. The school was built in an area not served by a municipal water supply.

• Renewing the agreement with the city of Modesto for use of the Johansen High School pool for public recreational swimming and lessons

• Agreements with private schools that serve students with needs too severe for Modesto City Schools special education programs, expected to total $2.5 million

• Approving 155 teacher appointments for extra work, including coaching, advising clubs and teaching extra classes

The board will meet at 6 p.m. today in the staff development center, 425 Locust St. The agenda is posted at

Bee education reporter Nan Austin can be reached at or (209) 578-2339, on Twitter, @NanAustin,

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