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  • Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson talks about her honor as Indiana Superintendent of the Year in September.(Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette)

Friday, December 01, 2017 1:00 am

FWCS' Robinson may get an extension

Board to consider adding another year to contract

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne Community Schools board is taking action to keep Superintendent Wendy Robinson under contract through 2020.

A public hearing about the proposed one-year extension is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Grile Administration Building, 1200 S. Clinton St.

The school board is expected to vote on the matter during a special meeting set for 5 p.m. Dec. 18 – almost a year after it approved her current three-year contract, which expires June 30, 2019.

A discussion about district initiatives prompted the extension request, school board President Julie Hollingsworth said Thursday.

As Robinson spoke about the three-year plans, Hollingsworth could tell the superintendent was thinking beyond 2019. She said as much to Robinson, who said she would discuss the issue with family.

“When you have a great superintendent, and she does want to work one more year, I think it behooves us as a board to do the best thing for the district and give her a one-year extension,” Hollingsworth said.

The proposed extension has the same terms as Robinson's current contract, Hollingsworth said. It would expire June 30, 2020.

Robinson's annual salary is $210,164. Her benefits include a $20,000 annuity, insurance and expenses for a cellphone and vehicle.

When the board considered her existing contract last year, then-President Mark GiaQuinta noted her base salary was the same as the previous two years. At that time, he described it as a “strong statement” of fiscal restraint.

Only one board member, Glenna Jehl, voted against the existing contract because she struggled with the overall size of the package.

The total monetary value of the package is estimated between $278,807 and $293,807 annually, depending on conditional payments, according to a legal notice about the proposed extension.

Superintendent since 2003, Robinson also has held such roles as classroom teacher and principal. She was named Indiana Superintendent of the Year this fall by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. She, Hollingsworth and other FWCS representatives were in Indianapolis on Thursday for the organization's banquet.