Trustees extend Jonart’s contract

2014-02-19T00:30:00Z 2014-02-19T14:36:35Z Trustees extend Jonart’s contract Montana Standard

Trustees voted unanimously 8-0 to extend Superintendent Judy Jonart’s contract another two years, until June 30, 2016, in a closed session Tuesday afternoon.

Her annual salary will increase 1.5 percent, from $115,561 to $117,294, in keeping with the other nonunion and teachers’ union increases negotiated in 2013.

“I’m excited because I have a lot of work to do with our five-year plan,” said Jonart, who has been superintendent since July 1, 2012. “I want to see it to fruition.”

Among her project goals are implementing the Montana Common Core standards, finalizing high-speed fiber optic connections, meeting Graduation Matters goals mandated by the Montana Office of Public Instruction and pursuing other community partnerships, Jonart said.

“She’s on the right road,” said Ann Boston, board chairwoman. “I think we all are, with the budget and Common Core.”

Jonart, formerly the curriculum director first served as interim superintendent after former superintendent Linda Reksten left her post earlier in 2012 to take a job in Polson.

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