Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District extends superintendent’s contract

lfalce@centredaily.comFebruary 25, 2014 

— Gregg Paladina will be staying at Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District for several more years.

In April 2013, Paladina was hired as the new superintendent, taking the place of controversial former administrator Stephen Benson after an intensive search. It was his first time in the big chair, coming to head the district after being a principal in Karns City.

That original contract was for three years at $105,000.

On Tuesday, the board voted to amend that agreement, extending Paladina’s employment for five years at a salary of $115,000. The amended contract will expire in 2019.

But the board’s admiration for their new superintendent is not one-sided.

“I really appreciate all the faith you have put in me,” said Paladina.

One other change added is an “objective superintendent evaluation criteria.” New state law requires districts and superintendents to come to an agreement on evaluations that are based on performance standards. The board unanimously approved the evaluation plan submitted Tuesday.

In the past, superintendent evaluations in the district have been delayed or contentious. Benson’s last evaluation, for example, had some board members giving the lowest scores possible in all areas across the board, others drawing new, lower, category numbers onto the forms, and some writing in derogatory comments like “whale vomit.”

According to solicitor Brian Marshall, the new superintendent’s first evaluation will take place between May 31 and July 1.

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