WAXAHACHIE — After over four hours of deliberating, debating and much consideration, the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees voted 5-2 to extend the contract of Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn through July 2022. The vote took place during a regular session of the WISD Board of Trustees held Monday, Jan. 23.
WISD Board of Trustee President James Villarreal, who spoke on behalf of the board, noted that this was his second time to be a part of the evaluation process for the superintendent's contract extension.
“Dr. Glenn continues to lead our district with great passion and drive. Through his leadership, the district excels in many areas. With his vision and the vision of the board, we look forward to the great things to come to our district. It’s an exciting time to be a part of WISD,” Villarreal stated.
Initially hired Jan. 6, 2014, Glenn's original contract was scheduled to end July 31, 2017. In Aug. 2016, he was offered and accepted a pay raise that boosted his annual salary roughly $10,000 — from $175,000 to $185,000. According to documents previously provided to the Daily Light during the Ellis County budget planning process for the 2016-17 fiscal year, the raise still places Glenn behind three neighboring superintendents.
Midlothian ISD Superintendent Lane Ledbetter was projected at $216,300 for the 2016-17 fiscal year, the now-vacant Red Oak ISD position expected to be in the range of $185,890, and current Ennis ISD Superintendent John E. Chapman is on the books for $185,400.
Ledbetter also oversees the largest annual budget of the four districts at approximately $70.9 million, with Glenn just a couple million behind at about $68.7 million.
As previously reported by the WDL, “On Jan. 20, 2015 the board voted to extend that contract to July 31, 2020, with his annual salary of $175,000. Like last year, the board offered Glenn an increase in compensation, but again, he declined the increase. This year's increase would've been 2.9 percent, adding a little more than $5,000 to his annual salary and putting him in the range of other competitive salaries with superintendents within the region.”
Although the process of deliberation made for an exceptionally long meeting, Villarreal shared that the decision was made with the best interest of the district in mind.
“The process is lengthy, but that does not mean that it was negative. We go around the table, letting each of the board members speak and have their time, and it becomes what I call a 'healthy discussion.' Sometimes it takes time to go over every question that we have in the evaluation. There are six different questions we went over and one of them is a two-part question,” Villarreal explained.
The evaluation is based on a two-part process, starting with individual assessments and then an overall board evaluation of Glenn’s performance in his role. Assessments consider Glenn’s ability to meet goals in instructional management, facilities and operation, fiscal management, human resource management and board and community relations.
“I am grateful for the trust the school board has placed in me and my staff. I look forward to serving the community and students of Waxahachie until 2022 and beyond. We have great teachers, students, and staff members in our district and I am proud to serve as part of that team,” Glenn stated.
Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL