District 11 approves superintendent contract extension

District 11 Superintendent Dennis Carlson has been given a contract extension.

Dennis Carlson, District 11 superintendent File photo
Dennis Carlson, District 11 superintendent File photo

Unanimous approval of the new employment agreement came at the Anoka-Hennepin School Board’s April 30 meeting.

Under the agreement, which runs from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014, Carlson will receive an annual salary of $180,000.

Additionally, the school board may grant up to an additional $20,000 as performance incentive pay per year.

The amount of performance pay, according to the contract, will be at the district’s discretion based on a review of goals and objectives accomplished throughout the year.

Carlson will receive 35 days of paid vacation per year and will not be allowed any unused vacation payout at the end of employment with District 11.

He has been the superintendent for nearly three years in District 11.

“We look forward to another two years,” said School Board Chairman Tom Heidemann, who also thanked Carlson for his service to the district.

Carlson came to the district as director of community education in 1986. He was named assistant superintendent in 1995 and held that position until he retired in June 2008.

Prior to coming to Anoka-Hennepin in 1986, Carlson worked in the Elk River and Glencoe school districts as director of community education.

He returned to the district to take the superintendent’s position following the retirement of Roger Giroux.

Kelly Johnson is at [email protected]