North Salem Board of Education proposes extending Superintendent's contract through 2023

Tonight the North Salem Board of Education may authorize board President, Deb D’Agostino to extend Superintendent Dr. Freeston’s contract. His current contract which was part of the 2nd  addendum signed on January 23, 2019 is effective through June 30, 2022. Each board member will cast a vote in public.

The final agreed-upon contract will be voted on during tonight’s board meeting. Agenda item 16N for tonight’s meeting reads: “BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes its President to sign a Third Addendum Agreement to the Superintendent's Agreement between Kenneth R. Freeston, Ph.D., and the District, extending the term of said agreement to June 30, 2023, as presented to the Board at this meeting.” If the vote taking place tonight results in favor of Dr. Freeston’s  extension, then Freeston will remain superintendent through the 22/23 school year. The salary will remain the same as the 21/22 school year which begins on July 1.

D’Agostino explained that negotiation of the Superintendent’s contract is held in executive session and the final agreed-upon contract will be voted on in a public session by the board. D’Agostino, on the advice of counsel, remarked that the board does not “discuss personnel matters with the public.” The Superintendent reports to the board of and the public does not (never has) had a say in the Superintendent’s position. D’Agostino added that the board welcomes any productive feedback on how the district and/or the Superintendent can improve. As is typical of the process, the Superintendent can ask for an extension or the board of education can offer it. We don’t know what happened in this case as the board declined to comment.

The board meeting will take place in the MS/HS library at 7:30PM. The public can comment on any agenda item. Per BOE policy, the period for public comment is limited to 30 minutes and individual comments are limited to 3 minutes.

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