The Tumwater School Board has approved a two- year contract for incoming superintendent John Bash.
According to the contract, a copy of which was obtained this week by The Olympian, Bash:
• Will receive an annual base salary of $170,000.
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• Must work 260 days a year, minus holiday and vacation days. Bash will receive 12 paid sick days, 14 paid holidays and 25 paid vacation days a year.
• Is not required to reside within the 6,300-student school district boundaries. However, the contract states that it’s “preferred” that the superintendent establish his personal residence within the boundaries. Bash said he currently lives in Olympia and his home is about 10 minutes away from Tumwater School District’s headquarters.
• Has “complete freedom to organize, reorganize and arrange the administrative and supervisory staff, including instruction and business affairs, which in his judgment, best serves the school district.”
• Is encouraged to continue his professional development and attend professional meetings at local, state and national levels. State and national-level training events must be pre-approved by the school board, and costs will be reimbursed in accordance with district policy.
• Will receive the same insurance benefits made available to the district’s other administrators.
• Will receive a $500 annual allowance to pay for a phone “for the purpose of maintaining communication with the district on a twenty-four hour/seven day a week basis.”
• Will receive $300 a month allowance to use his personal vehicle for in-district travel or trips within 40 miles one-way of the district office.
Bash will replace Mike Kirby who has led the district since July 2010. The board unanimously voted not to renew Kirby’s contract in November.
Bash has been an administrator in North Thurston since July 2010. Before that, he was an assistant superintendent of Centralia School District.
He’s also worked in Shelton and Olympia school districts, and has been a classroom teacher, a principal and has held assignments in special education and assessment.