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Top pay in range for for new Scappoose School District permanent hire will increase by $5K

The Scappoose School District board of directors on Monday approved a bump in the advertised salary range for its top leader, just a week before the board begins accepting applications for a permanent superintendent.

While the school district continues moving forward with recruiting efforts to hire a full-time, permanent superintendent, the school board voted Jan. 14 to approve a slightly higher pay range for the job, increasing the top of the range by $5,000.

The school board approved the new pay after reviewing the salaries of superintendents at similarly sized districts, as well as the district's previously advertised pay range during Monday's meeting.

The board unanimously approved a pay range of $130,000 to $145,000 for the district's top administrator.

The board discussed the salary range briefly during the meeting, with much of the conversation revolving around past salary ranges and what was advertised last year for the same job.

In the 2017-18 school year search, the board approved a range of $130,000 to $140,000. The salary range is more comparable to the St. Helens School District's, which pays its superintendent, Scot Stockwell, $144,000 annually, some board members noted.

The last permanent superintendent with the Scappoose district earned a salary of $121,000 in 2016.

The district's current interim superintendent, Paul Peterson, who was hired in the summer of 2018, is earning a salary of $140,000.

The Scappoose School District is expected to continue with its recruiting and hiring efforts for a permanent superintendent later this month, and will start accepting applications Jan. 21.

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