MODESTO — 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 http://bit.ly/MCSmeetings.