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Monroe City School Board votes to ask Superintendent Brent Vidrine to remain on the job


MONROE, Louisiana — Monroe City School Board members voted 6-1 to ask Superintendent Brent Vidrine to remain in charge of the school district until December 2016.

The News-Star reports ( ) board members decided Tuesday to extend Vidrine's contract, which expires May 31, by 30 months, the maximum allowed by Louisiana law.

"I'm confident with him with some of the stuff that has been done already," board President Clarence Sharp said before the meeting. "I see some of the things that he wants to do. We're really looking forward to the new school year to try to implement some of these new ideas. I believe he is going to take the district to the next level."

The board may only extend a superintendent's contract by two years beyond its term, which will expire Dec. 31.

The new contract will remain the same as the previous one, with a salary of $150,000 plus partial benefits and a car allowance of $8,400 annually. According to attorney Doug Lawrence, the superintendent's contract is valued at about $217,000 annually.

In Tuesday's meeting, board members convened into executive session to discuss Vidrine's evaluation and returned to the board room to vote.

Board members cited Vidrine's communication with the board and his success in helping the district pass a property tax for district improvements as strong points of his 10 months in office.

Information from: The News-Star,

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