The Washoe County School District Board voted to suspend its superintendent search and votes to move forward to vote on Kristen McNeill at a future meeting. Reno Gazette Journal
Washoe County School District Superintendent Kristen McNeill said she will give back $30,000 of her just approved $265,000 salary to cover any district revenue shortfalls.
It came as the board approved McNeill’s contract through June 30, 2023.
The rest of the contract was standard, giving McNeill a $500 monthly car allowance, insurance and sick and vacation pay.
McNeill was named interim superintendent last July after the school board ousted Traci Davis. Davis had a base salary of $275,000 and an $800 car allowance.
The board voted for McNeill to officially to take over the top post in April after a national search was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.
McNeill negotiated her own contract with the district’s chief legal counsel, Neil Rombardo.
“This is a very Dr. McNeill move,” said Trustee Andrew Caudill of the $30,000 give back from her annual salary.
McNeill also said any bonuses she would receive would be split among employees, saying, “It takes more than a village to do this work.”
McNeill was praised by trustees for giving back some of her salary as the district is likely to face tough cuts amid the state’s financial crisis caused by the coronavirus shutdown.
“You are so sensitive and responsive to feedback from folks,” said Trustee Katy Simon Holland.
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