Roaring Fork district's Rob Stein in line for contract adjustment, one-year extension |

Roaring Fork district’s Rob Stein in line for contract adjustment, one-year extension

In this file photo, Roaring Fork School District Superintendent Rob Stein interacts with staff and students before the ribbon cutting at the Riverview School.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent file

Roaring Fork Schools Superintendent Rob Stein could receive a one-year contract extension and pay adjustment to reflect his current $167,228 salary under a deal before the RFSD school board Wednesday night.

In recent weeks, the school board has been conducting its annual review with Stein. The result of those negotiations is on the table for consideration when the board convenes at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bridges High School in Carbondale.

The deal calls for a contract revision to reflect the 4.5% pay increase Stein has received over the past two years, plus a one-year contract extension through June 30, 2021. The current term expires on June 30, 2020.

Stein would have been due $180,116 this year, based on cost-of-living adjustments built into his contract. However, since taking the helm in 2016, Stein has declined to accept the full rate of increase, according to a memo to the school board from district Human Resources Director Amy Littlejohn. 

The memo was revised Tuesday afternoon to reflect the intent of the contract changes, after district officials made note that an original version included in the board packet was unclear, according to Kelsy Been, the district’s public information officer.

Stein received a pay increase from $160,000 to $167,278 over the past two years, including a rate of $162,880 for the fiscal year from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, and $167,278 starting this past July. 

Stein’s current contract states that pay increases “shall be subject to the same cost of living adjustment as approved by the Board of Education for district employees,” according to Littlejohn’s memo.

The new contract spells out that Stein agrees to the lower salary than he otherwise would have been entitled to.

The proposed pay adjustment brings Stein’s compensation closer to other comparable school district superintendents in Colorado, Littlejohn’s memo also notes.

Had the superintendent’s salary tracked with raises for other district positions, his new salary would be $180,116, she explained.

By comparison, looking at eight other mountain school districts in Colorado, Stein’s proposed salary would be 4% below the mean superintendent’s salary of $174,337.

Extending the comparison to six Front Range school districts, Stein would be compensated 20% less than the mean salary of $209,696, according to the memo.

Stein became superintendent of schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt in July 2016 after former Superintendent Diana Sirko decided to leave a year earlier than planned. 

Stein was the assistant superintendent up until that time, but an agreed-to succession plan called for him to take over for Sirko in 2017. 

Sirko, the former Aspen Schools superintendent who is now superintendent of Mesa County District 51 schools, was hired in 2012 as interim superintendent for the Roaring Fork Schools. Stein had been previously hired to become superintendent in 2012, but had to resign before taking the job due to a family emergency.

Editor’s note: This story has been revised from the original web and print versions to reflect that Stein’s contract is being amended to reflect cost-of-living increases already awarded over the past two years, which were less than his contract would have allowed.

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