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Springfield School District superintendent gets contract extension

January 21, 2011|edited news release

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Board of Education completed its annual performance review of Superintendent Norm Ridder and extended his contract through the 2013-2014 school year. School board members unanimously voted during executive session last Tuesday to extend Ridder’s contract.

Ridder is evaluated each January on seven performance excellence categories identified as critical for high performing systems: 1) leadership, 2) strategic planning, 3) stakeholder and market focus, 4) measurement, analysis, and knowledge management, 5) human resources, 6) process management, and 7) performance results.

School board president Gerry Lee said the board is pleased with Ridder’s performance, particularly his use of data in decision making and his ability to develop a high-performing school district under increasingly difficult financial constraints.

“In spite of three years of declining revenues, Dr. Ridder has guided our school district through challenging circumstances, all the while moving it forward in critical areas such academic performance and graduation rate,” Lee said.  “His focus on collecting and analyzing data is a particular strength which has assisted the board in its decision making.”

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The 2013-2014 contract does not provide for an increase in the superintendent’s compensation. His base pay is $156,193.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Ridder under contract considering the competitive market for superintendent candidates with his level of experience and knowledge,” Lee said.  “We look forward to continuing to work with him during the next three years.”

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