David Parker will earn the same salary as predecessor Yvonne Curtis before her resignation.

David ParkerThe Forest Grove School Board voted 4-1 to approve the contract of the district's new superintendent, David Parker, at the meeting on Monday, May 14.

Board member Valyrie Ingram was the only member to vote against the approval of the contract, arguing it is inappropriate to start Parker at the same salary that former Superintendent Yvonne Curtis was earning at the time of her resignation in December after spending nine years in the district.

"I am highly confident that we made the right choice choosing David Parker as our next superintendent," Ingram said. "(But) I do have some reservations about the salary piece."

Parker will earn $165,000 annually, according to his contract.

The contract states that the board shall review and evaluate the performance of the superintendent by May 15 of each contract year, as well as establish goals and objectives with the superintedent for the school year by Oct. 1 annually.

The board also suggested waiting to approve the assistant superintendent contract renewal of John O'Neill, who has been acting as interim superintendent.

Several board members said they feel that waiting for Parker to officially be a part of the district, so that he can look the contract renewal over and have a say in the matter, is the right thing to do. The approval of O'Neill's contract renewal will be addressed at a later date.

Parker, who was in attendance at Monday's meeting, will assume his position as superintendent of the Forest Grove School District on July 1, and his contract will remain in effect until June 30, 2021.

Parker comes to Forest Grove from the Newberg School District, where he currently serves as assistant superintendent.

By Olivia Singer
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