Shelton adds a bonus to superintendent’s salary
SHELTON — Schools Superintendent Chris Clouet has won more than praise from his school board. On Wednesday he was given an extension on his contract and extra pay.
The board voted 6-0 with three abstentions on the new deal which bumps Clouet’s contract out a year, keeping it a three year pact that extends through the 2020-21 school year.
In that third year, Clouet will get a 3.45 percent raise bumping his base salary to $216,250. This year he makes $202,950 annually.
Next year he will get $209,040 annually, plus a $2,000 stipend on top of a salary increase because he has a doctorate in education.
It was because of those changes that board members David Gioiello, Darlene Ritter and Kathleen Yolish abstained.
“It is not at all a reflection on the job (Clouet) is doing,” Gioiello said after the meeting. Rather, Gioiello said it was a reaction to contract changes he and other board members were not made aware of before the board met in executive session Wednesday to hash out the pact.
Board Chairman Mark Holden said the doctorate stipend puts Clouet in line with what other district administrators — such as Shelton High Headmaster Beth Smith — receive as per their contract.
“Since the administrators who work under him have that, he should too,” Holden said.
As for the raise in the third year, Holden said industry wide the average increase for superintendents is about 3.1 percent.
“Dr. Clouet is not doing an average job,” Holden said. “He has knocked it out of the park for us on a daily basis.”
The evaluation the board conducted earlier this month resulted in glowing marks. Holden said initiatives Clouet brought to the district are starting to be emulated elsewhere. An example he cited include “Word of the Week” where all student in the district, K-12, along with the community embrace the same vocabulary word for an entire week. Another is the School of Innovation at Shelton Intermediate School where lessons are project based, interdisciplinary and individualized. The program expanded this year and has been visited by other districts.
“So many of the things he is bringing to the district are creative and cost effective,” Holden added. “We are moving up in terms of student achievement in spite of some tough years in terms of resources.”
Clouet, 60, was hired by the district in the fall of 2015 and officially assumed the role in January 2018.
The board also discussed goals for the superintendent — to be the basis for his next evaluation — during their executive session but as of Wednesday said they had not yet finalized them.