Kane's DougCo superintendent salary on par with nearby school districts

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A contract to pay Erin Kane $250,000 a year for four years as superintendent is to be considered by the Douglas County school board tonight.Douglas County School District

By Mike McKibbin/NewsBreak Denver

[DOUGLAS COUNTY, CO] The Douglas County School District will pay Erin Kane $1 million over the four years of her proposed contract as superintendent.

Her annual $250,000 salary is comparable to the superintendent's salaries listed for neighboring school districts on the Colorado Department of Education's superintendent average salary dashboard.

That site lists the 2020-21 school year public school superintendent salary in Douglas County as $220,000. Jefferson County was at $175,438, Littleton 6 at $245,653, Cherry Creek 5 at $261,884 and Denver County at $234,004. The state average was $129,056.

The Douglas County school board meets tonight to consider Kane's proposed contract, which runs from March 31 to June 30, 2026.

Kane is currently executive director of schools for American Academy, a charter institution with campuses in Castle Pines and Parker. From 2016-18, she served as Douglas County's interim superintendent.

Kane would succeed Corey Wise, who was dismissed without cause in February by the four conservative majority school board members. Kane was selected as the sole finalist earlier this month.

Benefits include free health care

Kane's salary would be adjusted annually by the same increase granted, if any, to administrator job classes in the district. Her compensation also is subject to board adjustment if required by law or if part of a plan to reduce the pay of all district employees.

Kane would need board approval for consulting work, speaking engagements, writing, lecturing or other professional duties and obligations.

The proposed contract also calls for the district to pay all health, dental, and vision insurance costs for Kane and her family, typical for such positions.

Kane will receive other benefits given to all 12-month administrative district employees, including vacation and illness benefits and leaves, short-term disability coverage, and other forms of insurance protection, retirement program, or other benefits.

Kane will receive 30 days of paid time off annually, exclusive of state and federal holidays observed by the district. The district will reimburse her for reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out her duties.

Beginning July 1 and for each year of the four-year term, the board will pay 8% of Kane's salary into a tax-sheltered annuity of Kane's choosing.

Kane will be subject to annual written evaluations by the board and could be dismissed with or without good cause.

As with Wise's contract, if the board fires Kane unilaterally, she will be paid any base salary remaining due, not to exceed 12 months, plus any accrued and unpaid benefits and expenses at the date of dismissal.

If the board approves the contract, Kane would have 30 days to accept.

Opposing board member protests meeting

Earlier Tuesday, Colorado Community Media reported that board member David Ray would not attend the meeting.

"Speaking as one director, I believe this meeting is the culmination of a series of unethical and unacceptable practices," Ray reportedly said in a statement. "These include the wrongful termination of the former superintendent, a deeply flawed selection process, and decisions/discussions that were made outside of the public eye."

Tonight's board meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the district offices, 620 Wilcox St., in Castle Rock. It can also be viewed on the district's YouTube channel.

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