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SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The South Kingstown School Committee recently voted 5-1 to extend Superintendent Dr. Kristen Stringfellowâs contract through the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
The vote was taken in an executive session ahead of the June 25 work session on graduation rates and requirements and was reported at the start of the session, Maureen Cotter, school committee chair confirmed.
Member Jonathan Daly-LaBelle cast the dissenting vote and member Liz Morris was not in attendance for the vote or the work session, Cotter said.
âThe school committee does an annual evaluation of the superintendent,â Cotter said. âHer evaluation this year was very favorable. Thatâs why the school committee felt very comfortable extending the contract and felt comfortable supporting a salary increase.â
The school committeeâs vote also affirmed a raise of 2.5 percent on the superintendentâs salary.
âShe has done a terrific job for us and for the students,â Cotter said.
In a blog post published Monday, Daly-LaBelle wrote that he didnât âsee the need or feel any urgency to extend a contract with two years on it.â
Stringfellowâs contract still had two years remaining at the time the vote was taken and was set to expire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
âI continue to have concerns with how much has been handled by the superintendent,â Daly-LaBelle wrote. âMany of these concerns have been shared here [on the blog] â plus other process and building-level decisions â as well as attempted to be part of the public discussion agenda items in public meetings.â
Stringfellow was not available for comment for this story, as her secretary said she is out of the office until Tuesday.