At a special meeting Tuesday, the Iroquois School Board unanimously endorsed the extension of Superintendent Douglas Scofield’s contract through June 30, 2018.
Formerly the district’s assistant superintendent of finance and personnel, Scofield has led the district since July 2010 when he became interim superintendent following the hasty resignation of then-Superintendent Neil Rochelle. He officially took over the top post in May 2011.
School officials, still abuzz over the newest school rankings, in which the district moved from 10th place to fifth, hailed the superintendent’s “superior performance” and their confidence in his ability to continue leading the district.
The new agreement gives Scofield a 2 percent salary increase. He will earn $157,800 annually.
The announcement followed the district’s annual reorganization meeting. The board elected Charles Specht to serve as president and former President David Lowrey to serve as vice president.
As the board rendered the old math books, which belonged to a program known as “Everyday Math”, obsolete, Specht asked if the new books, likewise, would be discarded in a few years.
Mary Jo Dudek, assistant superintendent for curriculum, said the new math program would stand the test of time.
“It teaches children not just how to solve problems but why. It makes a lot of sense. It’s deeper, more meaningful. It will bring students confidence,” she said.