Anoka-Hennepin board approves superintendent’s contract

The Anoka-Hennepin School Board March 24 approved a three-year contract with its new superintendent.

David Law
David Law

David Law will take over as superintendent when Dennis Carlson retires from the position at the end of June.

Law’s contract begins July 1, 2014, and ends June 30, 2017.

“It’s essentially a copy of the contract that we had with Mr. Carlson,” Board Chairman Tom Heidemann said when he presented the contract during the regular board meeting.

Law’s annual salary will be the same as Carlson’s outgoing salary: $180,000. This figure is fixed for the three years of the contract.

He can receive an additional 15 percent in performance pay, up from 11 percent in Carlson’s contract.

The new contract reduces the superintendent’s vacation from 35 to 30 days. Vacation does not carry over from year to year.

“We have strongly encouraged the superintendent to take the vacation,” Heidemann said.

The superintendent has 18 sick days and 11 paid holidays laid out in the contract.

In previous superintendent contracts, there was no cap on how much the district would pay toward the superintendent’s professional and community membership expenses. In Law’s contract, there is a $2,000 cap.

Law was hired in February after an extensive search and interview process.

He currently works as assistant superintendent in the White Bear Lake Area School District.

Olivia Koester is at [email protected]