3 more years for North Thurston Schools Superintendent Raj Manhas

lpemberton@theolympian.comApril 10, 2014 

Student test scores are improving, graduation rates are strong, and voters in North Thurston Public Schools recently approved a 20-year, $175 million bond measure to remodel five schools and build a new middle school.

All of those things added up to job security for Superintendent Raj Manhas.

The North Thurston School Board voted 3-0 last week to approve a three-year contract extension for Manhas, who has led the district since 2009. Two board members were absent.

The superintendent’s contract now runs through June 30, 2017.

School Board President Marcia Coppin said the board is very pleased with Manhas’ work and noted that he’s been “instrumental in moving the … district in the right direction.”

“His leadership style inspires improvement, resulting in positive student growth,” she said.

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

 • Will be paid an annual salary of $185,668. It’s the same rate that was in his contract that began July 1, 2012. Manhas was eligible for a salary increase with a fully satisfactory evaluation, but specifically requested that his salary and benefits package remain unchanged for the 2014-15 school year, according to Coppin.

 • Will receive $3,520 a month (that’s $42,240 a year) for a tax-sheltered annuity or custodial account or deferred compensation account.

 • Must undergo a comprehensive medical examination every two years. The district will pay for the exam.

 • Will be paid $625 a month to defray costs of using his own vehicle for official travel. It is in lieu of other travel reimbursement for in-district travel. Manhas is eligible for mileage and other expense reimbursement for out-of-district business.

 • Will receive 25 vacation days and 12 sick days a year.

 • Is allowed to serve as a consultant to other districts or educational agencies during off-duty time.

 • Must maintain a primary residence in the district.

 • Is required to maintain membership and active participation in the Washington Association of School Administrators and the American Association of School Administrators at the district’s expense. He’s also required to participate in the local Chamber of Commerce and a service club.

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

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