MANCHESTER -- Monday night, after nearly an hour of executive session, the members of the Manchester School Board decided to extend the contract of Manchester Elementary and Middle School Principal Sarah Merrill for two years. She will receive a 3 percent salary increase each year starting July 2013.
The extension came up in last month's meeting of the school board, but they defered action until they received information on three related additional items. Those included a description of the currently-empty assistant principal position and a vision statement, both from Merrill, along with data concerning salaries of other Vermont school principals.
"When we're asked to make decisions ... it is incumbent upon us to feel like we have enough information to make an informed decision," the school board's chairwoman, Katy McNabb, said. "Last month, we felt like we didn't have enough information, and now we feel like we do."
The description of the assistant principal position focused on what Merrill considered to be five key areas of the position: management, staffing, programming, the students, and personal relations.
Spanning just about four pages, it lists the numerous duties and responsibilities of the position, including managing the state-licensed After School Program.