Haptonstall to make $115,000 a year
Judy Haptonstall will receive a raise of about $13,500 as a result of her promotion to superintendent of the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District.The district board this week approved a two-year contract that will pay Haptonstall $115,000 a year. She had been earning $101,524 as assistant superintendent.The contract applies retroactively. Haptonstall took over at the start of June as superintendent, following the retirement of Fred Wall, who had served in the job for nearly a decade. He was earning $117,000 when he retired.Haptonstall is in her 18th year with the district. In recognition of that longevity, her contract guarantees her eligibility to participate in the district’s early retirement program, school board members said.Haptonstall also will earn a $50-a-month cell phone allowance, and $450 per month for in-district mileage, along with per-mile reimbursement for travel outside the district. She will be expected to track local mileage so the monthly stipend can be adjusted next year based on actual travel.School board chairman Michael Bair said the board is providing the local mileage stipend because it wants Haptonstall out visiting Re-1 schools rather than spending most of her time in the district office.Haptonstall’s contract expires June 30, 2008. However, it will renew automatically for a third year on April 1 of 2008 unless the board or Haptonstall provides written notification to the contrary.The board’s formal approval of Haptonstall’s contract came in her absence this week; she was away on a family vacation.In other business this week, the board approved an $83,000 budget transfer to cover costs related to a water line break under district property that caused damage on Grand Avenue. District finance director Shannon Pelland said Re-1’s insurance company has resisted covering any of the costs of the incident because it questions whether the responsibility is the district’s rather than the city’s. But she hopes the company will change its mind once it receives more information about the location of the break.Also this week, the board approved a budget for the 2006-07 budget year that includes $126.4 million in total appropriations. Pelland said that amount is bigger than normal due to capital projects across the district.The district is planning $65 million in capital spending this fiscal year as it works on construction projects at numerous schools. Its general fund is $41.5 million.
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