Thursday, March 23, 2000

High Marks for school chief

High Marks for school chief
Clinton board gives superintendent top ratings, delays specifics on contract extension and pay hike.
The Ann Arbor News
By Pamela Appea

Clinton, Michigan—Board of Education trustees gave Clinton Schools Superintendent David Pray high marks in his annual evaluation at a school board meeting this week.

Board president Doug Murray said Pray will receive a contract extension, but the particulars of a contract extension or salary increase will be decided late in the year.

School board members rated Pray in six categories on a 1-5 scale, with 1 being the highest score. Pray earned an overall performance rating of 1.3, with all marks placing near the top of the scale.

Pray received the highest marks in the category of relations with the board of education. The superintendent’s lowest marks was for the goal attainment category.

Individual marks were:

v 1.4 in personnel—faculty/administration
v 1.2 in business administration
v 1.3 in community relations
v 1.2 in personal qualities
o in relations with the board of education
v 1.5 in goal attainment.

School board member Wanda Heinz praised the superintendent saying Pray goes “well and above the call of duty” for the district.

Trustee Shirley Campbell said she’s personally pleased with the superintendent’s job performance.

“Mr. Pray has done an outstanding job. I’m sure he will stay if we ask him to,” she said.

Campbell, an outgoing school board member, said she will regret not having the opportunity to work with the superintendent after her term expires in June.

“He is the epitome of what a superintendent should be,” she said.

Pray, who has been the district’s superintendent for the past six years, is paid about $85,000 annually, Murray said.

Pray first taught at the Clinton school district in the 1970s. He moved up to become a principal, first at Clinton Elementary and then at Clinton Middle School.

Originally published Thursday, March 23, 2000