School board will offer Page $140K annual salary

Patrice 'Patty' Page
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POULSBO — If the contract for Patrice "Patty" Page is accepted by the majority of school board members, Page, the next superintendent of the North Kitsap School District, will receive $140,000 per year.

The school board will vote on the contract April 12, its next scheduled meeting. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

Under the contract, which will be posted on the district's website prior to the meeting, Page will receive the following from the district:

— Annual salary of $140,000 for the period of July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015.

—$6,000 in retirement contributions per year (an increase of $2,000 from previous years).

—Health benefits of 25-30 percent the annual salary (depending on which health plan is chosen).

—$3,000 moving allotment, payable prior to her transition to the district.

—$250 per month for school-related travel costs with her personal vehicle.

—$100 reimbursement for school-related cell phone use.

—30 days paid vacation per year.

—12 sick days annually.

In addition, if approved, the contract will give Page 10 "transition days" paid for by the district under the current rate at the Coupeville School District.

The district will also allocate $4,000 for professional development per year. Page will use the money for seminars, classes, course of study, travel, purchase of computer equipment or software, dues in additional education, community and professional associations that she deems appropriate in supporting the district, and printed or video materials.

As superintendent of the Coupeville School District, Page earns $118,811. She has a master's degree with about 30 years of experience in education.

The school board voted 4-1 March 19 to offer the superintendent position to Page. Scott Henden was the sole vote in opposition.

Page will succeed Richard Jones July 1. Jones earns $140,000.

Page will begin her transition to NKSD soon while continuing her work in Coupeville. It’s time consuming, but it's to be expected, she said.

On April 5, she scheduled a day-long trip to the district to meet with school board members and administrators. Her early work in the district, she said Wednesday, will be to listen, a lot. She expected to begin her day at 7 a.m. and end with dinner at 5 p.m.

Though NKSD is "very parallel" with the Kelso School District, which she worked as assistant superintendent from 1999-2007, she does not expect to know everything right away. She can only know so much from documents and phone calls, she said.

"Every district is unique," she said. "I can't come in with preconceived notions."

She does have a lot to learn about NKSD specifically, but one thing she can expect to help tackle soon is administration hiring, or restructuring. As superintendent — described by the contract to be voted on April 12 — she "will organize, reorganize, and arrange the administrative and supervisory staff …"

With the recent announcement of Director of Secondary Education Aaron Leavell's departure to the Bremerton School District next year, she will have some restructuring options. She could not answer any specific questions about restructuring, however.

In addition to her visits, Page said she will do her best to attend school board meetings during the transition. Though she may miss a few, she will do what she needs to in order to be there, even if that means traveling from Whidbey Island to Poulsbo and back in the same evening.


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