July 10, 2008

Salem School Leader to Stay

By Pete Dybdahl [email protected] 981-3376

The superintendent of Salem schools, Alan Seibert, got a new four- year contract and a raise Tuesday night.

The Salem School Board scratched his existing contract, which expired June 2010, in favor of one that has Seibert running the school system through June 2012.

The new contract also offers a salary of $131,634 for the coming year -- a 6.5 percent pay increase that matches what teachers in the district will receive for the coming school year under a tiered two-year pay plan.

"We certainly want to keep him around," said board Chairman Sally Southard, adding that school superintendents are a "hot commodity."

"He has done an excellent job," she said.

It appears to be the season for new superintendent contracts. At the end of June, the Botetourt County School Board extended the contract of Superintendent Tony Brads by four years, as did the Roanoke County School Board for Superintendent Lorraine Lange.

Seibert, 40, took the position in December 2006. He has been with Salem schools since he was a student teacher, and has worked at the district's elementary, middle and high schools.

"To me it's a vote of confidence," Seibert said after the board meeting. With an extra two years, he said he looked forward "to seeing things through to fruition."

The Salem school system has six schools, about 4,000 students and 550 employees.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, Southard was reinstalled as the board chairman. Cindy Neathawk was named vice chairman.

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