The Flagler County School Board plans to present a contract offer to new Superintendent LaShakia Moore with a base salary of $165,000 a year.
The board voted to hire Moore for the position at a Sept. 5 special board meeting. She has been the interim superintendent since June 30.
Board members held a special workshop on Aug. 12 to go over their contract proposal to Moore with Board Attorney Kristy Gavin. Gavin used the contract with former Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt and the Charlotte County School Board’s superintendent contract as guides.
The $165,000 base salary was the low end of the salary scale that the board was going to advertise in its planned superintendent search. The upper end of the scale was $195,000, which would have been a salary for an experienced superintendent.
The board decided to give Moore a four-year deal, unlike her predecessors who had three-year deals but either left at the end of their contracts or were not renewed.
“Let’s see if this gets us out of the cycle,” Board Chair Cheryl Massaro said.
Board members agreed to give Moore an expense account of $1,000 a month, noting that they had asked her to expand the district’s engagement within the community.
At a workshop/interview session on Sept. 5, Moore said one of her priorities is to reconnect with the community.
“What I have found is almost like we have isolated ourselves from the community. It appears the community is growing and moving forward around us,” she said. “We as a district have to work to extend ourselves back into the community, being a part of the many community events that sometimes Flagler Schools doesn’t have a place at.”
Board member Sally Hunt again asked that the job title be amended to Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent of Schools.
The board will present the contract offer to Moore with the goal of finalizing a deal with the district’s new superintendent by the Oct. 17 business meeting.