Olympia School District superintendent's contract extended through June 2017

lpemberton@theolympian.comMarch 13, 2014 

Members of the Olympia School Board decided they want superintendent Dominic “Dick” Cvitanich to stick around a little longer.

The School Board unanimously voted Monday night to extend the leader’s contract for an additional year. The contract now runs through June 30, 2017.

“The school board is very pleased with the leadership Superintendent Cvitanich has provided to the students and staff of our district over the last two years,” said school board President Frank Wilson. “Whether it’s crafting a five-year strategic plan, spending time in the classrooms or prioritizing ways to help struggling students, Dick has proven himself a strong, dependable leader that has moved our school community in a positive direction. We are excited about what he can help us achieve from here.”

Cvitanich took the helm of Olympia schools July 1, 2012, replacing retired superintendent Bill Lahmann.

Before that, Cvitanich was superintendent at Lake Pend Oreille School District in Ponderay, Idaho, for six years.

Except for the contract’s expiration date, everything in the original contract — including Cvitanich’s salary — will remain the same, according to district spokeswoman Rebecca Japhet.

According to a copy of the contract obtained by The Olympian, the superintendent:

 • Will receive a $178,275 annual salary. It’s the same rate he’s been paid since arriving for the 2012-13 school year. The school board can adjust his salary and benefits every June.

 • Is required to work 260 days a year, minus district holidays and paid vacation days. Cvitanich receives 12 paid sick days and 25 paid vacation days a year. He can elect to receive compensation for up to eight unused vacation days a year.

 • Must live within the boundaries of the nearly 9,400-student district and undergo a comprehensive medical examination once a year.

 • Is allowed to take part in consulting work, speaking engagements, writing, lecturing and other professional duties and obligations that don’t conflict with his job for up to five days a year. The extra work must be done during noncontractual time such as vacations, holidays and weekends. Cvitanich must inform the school board before he undertakes such activities.

 • Is encouraged to attend educational professional association meetings at local and national levels. The district will pay for dues and association fees and some travel.

 • Must maintain active membership with the Chamber of Commerce and at least one civic organization and participate in other community affairs. The district will pay for membership fees for those civic and community groups.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com

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