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Details of Timothy Porter's contract made public; many benefits similar to prior superintendent contracts

PorterContract details for the Scappoose School District's new superintendent, Timothy Porter, are largely similar to previous superintendent contracts, with some changes in the document language.

Porter, who was hired as the district's permanent superintendent earlier this year, is expected to start July 1. He has a three-year contract terminating June 30, 2022.

Porter will earn a salary of $140,000 annually. When the district advertised for the superintendent position, the school board had voted to approve a salary range between $135,000 and $145,000, depending on experience.

By March of each contract year, the school board must decide whether to issue a new three-year contract, extend the contract by one year, or provide notice to not renew the contract, according to the contract terms.

Other benefits include health insurance, mileage reimbursement for travel outside of the district for business, payment of professional dues to the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, and contributions to a tax sheltered annuity, which were also offered in the previous permanent superintendent's contract.

Porter will also have 20 vacation days, 11 federal holidays, 12 days of sick leave, three days of personal or emergency leave, and five days of bereavement leave available to him.

When comparing the contracts side by side, the contract days for Porter appear to differ from what was required of former Superintendent Stephen Jupe — 260 contract days for Porter versus a 12-month commitment for Jupe — but Scappoose School Board Chair Phil Lager explained the difference is just a change in language. The district's legal counsel explained to Lager the new language is becoming standardized. If Porter works five days a week for 52 weeks of the year, that equates to 260 days, Lager explained.

A copy of the contract, which was obtained through a public records request.

Stephen Jupe's 2013 contract and his 2015 contract were also obtained in order to compare the details.

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