WEST NEWBURY — The Pentucket Regional School Committee has reached an agreement with Jeffrey Mulqueen that positions him to take over the helm of the district this summer.
Mulqueen signed a three-year contract last Wednesday effective July 1 at a starting salary of $156,000. He will assume the role held by retiring Superintendent Paul Livingston. Hired in 2006, Livingston's current salary is $170,500.
Pentucket Chairwoman Chris Reading reported that after signing his contract, Mulqueen spent the day meeting with district personnel. "He's coming up next week for another day of meetings — he's jumping right in," she said.
This marks the first superintendent's job for Mulqueen, who most recently served for two years as chief academic officer for the Worcester Public Schools.
During the school board's most recent meeting last Tuesday, Reading noted that there was very little negotiation by Mulqueen over the contract the school board presented. Among the provisions in the agreement, the new superintendent is entitled to an annual pay raise contingent on a positive performance evaluation and is afforded the same medical, dental, life and hospital insurance benefits other professional personnel in the district receive.
He gets 20 vacation days, five of which may be carried over from one contract year to the next, and 15 days of sick leave, with a maximum accumulation of 125 days. "There shall be no sick leave buyback," the contract states. He is also allotted four personal days and five consecutive days for bereavement.
Up to $2,500 per year may be allocated for on-the-job expenses. Any professional development or other charges beyond this amount must be pre-approved by a majority of the committee. The contract allows him five days of consulting work, provided the work is held during his vacation time and the committee is properly notified.
An evaluation and job performance review shall be publicly discussed prior to June 30 each year. As part of the evaluation process, the School Committee chairman will create a written majority report and board members' written statements will be "considered public record and discussed in a public forum." Any response from the superintendent will be attached to the majority report.