Lodi Unified School District trustees finalized a contract agreement with Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer on Tuesday that extends her employment by one year and pays her almost $225,000 annually. Her contract will expire on June 30, 2016.
Nichols-Washer, 49, will also be paid for five additional days for the 2013-14 school year, to coincide with the school board previously extending the school year by five days.
Lodi Unified board President Ralph Womack praised Nichols-Washer for her leadership during some tough financial times since she was hired on July 1, 2008.
Before coming to Lodi, Nichols-Washer was superintendent at Manteca Unified School District, where she had worked since 2003. Before being hired in Manteca, she was a Stockton Unified School District administrator and a principal in 1999.
Basics of Cathy Nichols-Washer’s contract
Base salary: $224,888 for the 2013-14 school year to reflect the addition of five days to the work year. She will work 220 days.
Job-related expenses in San Joaquin County: $250 per month.
Automobile allowance: $700 per month, to compensate for using her own vehicle during district-related activities in the county.
Termination: The Lodi Unified School District Board of Education must give six months notice if it doesn’t want to rehire Nichols-Washer. Exceptions include the superintendent’s failure to maintain a valid California administrative credential, mutual written agreement by Nichols-Washer and the school board, retirement or the physical or mental inability to perform her duties.
Termination for cause: The six-month notification requirement doesn’t apply if Nichols-Washer commits conduct that discredits the district, shows incompetence or breaches her contract.
Severance pay: If the school board fires Nichols-Washer, she will be paid her base salary for the lesser of 12 months or for the number of months remaining on the contract. The maximum cash settlement would be her monthly salary, multiplied by the number of months remaining on her contract.
Salary history: Cathy Nichols-Washer’s salary was $230,000 annually when she was hired in 2008, but that was for 225 work days. Her salary decreased a year later to $215,000 annually as a cost-cutting measure, to reflect the reduction of the school year by five days.
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