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May 12. 2014 7:53PM

Timberlane superintendent gets raise and bonus

PLAISTOW — Timberlane Regional School District Superintendent Earl Metzler is getting a raise for the 2014-15 school year.

Last week, the SAU 55 Board went into a non-public session and conducted an evaluation of Metzler.

After the meeting, board chairman Jason Cipriano released a statement announcing that the board voted to increase Metzler’s salary from $134,225 to $140,000.

Cipriano stated that the raise, as well as a one-time performance bonus equal to four percent of his contract, or $5,369, will go into effect on July 1.

Metzler stated that he felt it would be inappropriate to comment on his salary increase and directed all inquiries on the raise to Cipriano.

The SAU 55 Board is still in the process of writing Metzler’s final performance review.

The raise and performance bonus were determined by rating Metzler in about 20 performance areas as well as comparing Metzler’s salary to other superintendents in similarly-sized districts.

For the 2013-14 school year, the state’s Department of Education showed that Salem superintendent Michael Delahanty earned $134,500, Londonderry superintendent Nathan Greenberg earned $133,952, and Bedford superintendent Timothy Mayes earned $135,720.

Prior to coming to Timberlane in September of 2012, Metzler was the principal of North Quincy High School in Massachusetts. Metzler made $130,000 in the first year of the three-year contract he signed with the school district.

The four percent bonus represents the highest bonus Metzler could receive for being able to execute the goals set out in his three-year contract.

Metzler replaced Richard LaSalle, who made $138,679 in the last year of his contract.

The SAU 55 Board is set to meet again on Wednesday, May 21 to finalize Metzler’s evaluation.

aswift@newstote.com


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