Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Contact:          Michelle Wade, (203) 946-8450  Cell – (203) 675-5132
(NEW HAVEN)— Today, the New Haven Board of Education approved a three-year contract that will extend the appointment of Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Reginald Mayo through June 30, 2013.  The contract will become effective as of July 1, 2010, when Dr. Mayo’s current three-year contract expires.
While this contract sustains many of the basic provisions of previous agreements between the Superintendent and the New Haven Board of Education, this contract also incorporates new components that reflect the New Haven Public Schools’ commitment to school reform and consider the economic challenges facing the City.
"I am pleased with the Board's continued confidence in my abilities”, said Dr. Mayo. “I am looking forward to continuing the exciting work going on with the School Change efforts and I am proud of the successes we have had so far.  With that said, I am very conscious of the challenges and obstacles that lie on our path and I will use all the skills and tools at my disposal to reach our goals and provide the very best education to each of our students."
This contract maintains the Superintendent’s current salary of $226,921 for fiscal year 2010-2011.  This figure sustains the 3% pay cut that Dr. Mayo volunteered last year.  Any future salary increases must be agreed upon between the Superintendent and the Board of Education.
Mayor John DeStefano, Jr said, "Dr. Mayo has guided this district to a dramatically lower drop-out rate, increased test scores and universal pre-k program. And, over the last year, he has initiated a school reform program that has been nationally acknowledged. There is much to be done and I am thankful to have Dr. Mayo as Superintendent of Schools."
While Dr. Mayo will receive the same health benefits as he currently is entitled to, the new contract requires that he share 10% of the cost of these benefits beginning July 1, 2010.  Each July 1 thereafter, the Superintendent’s health benefits contribution will increase by 2.5%
Additionally, the contract stipulates a change in the time frame for the District and Superintendent’s goal setting to be completed.  Beginning this year, the goal setting process will be completed in September, with objectives, benchmarks and the assessment of achievement discussed by the Superintendent and the Board.  The new time frame will allow for CMT and CAPT scores to be available and to play an important factor in measuring the performance of the Superintendent and the needs of the school system. The Superintendent will be evaluated each August based upon the District’s and Superintendent’s goals set forth for that academic year.
The Board of Education will develop the format by which the Superintendent will be evaluated.  The Superintendent Evaluation will reflect the spirit and substance of the Teacher and Principal Evaluations unveiled earlier this year by incorporating student outcomes as an integral component of the assessment.