The Ellensburg School Board approved a 4% pay raise for Superintendent Jinger Haberer at its Oct. 30 meeting.

The increase, from $155,000 to $161,200, was voted on unanimously by the board.

School Board President Tosha Woods said the standards the school board uses to judge a superintendent’s performance are set every year. She said the board goes through the Washington State superintendent rubric and decides the standards and sets very specific goals.

Woods said last year, the board was concerned mainly in the passing of the bond that would let them renovate and build new schools such as Mount Stuart and Lincoln Elementary.

She also said Haberer did a good job of meeting parents and teachers in the Morgan Middle School library. The purpose of these meetings was to define what exactly the school wanted their students to experience and what they wanted them to walk away with when they graduate.

Woods said the board is aware of the financial strains the district is experiencing. She said it was made clear to the board that Ellensburg is underpaying their superintendents. Yakima School District Superintendent Trevor Green is currently being paid $23,800 more than Haberer.

“Unfortunately, we have a tough time paying people what they are worth right now,” Woods said.

Overall, Woods said that the board was pleased with Haberer’s performance and her leadership.

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