Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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February 13, 2013

Trustees extend CISD superintendent’s contract

Miller’s contract approved through June 2016


CISD trustees emerged after several hours in closed session Monday with news that Superintendent Tim Miller’s contract had been extended through June 30, 2016. 

Miller, who has been with the district since 2009, became superintendent in December 2010 and faced a handful of uphill battles during his tenure. 

“He’s had a tough year, but we believe there are the right people in the right places,” board President Brent Easdon said. 

Referring to the summer shake-up in several campus’ administrative teams, Easdon said Miller did a good job juggling the six positions and placing administrators in needed roles. 

At the time, Miller said, “Our plans, in working with current staff in making these reassignments, are to put individuals in positions where we believe they will be most effective, from a district-wide perspective.” 

The district also felt repercussions from Trustee Jay Wilson’s comments in an online forum, which seemed to violate the exit agreement terms between CISD and Phil Young, then-athletic director and head football coach. Other internal battles included administrators being informed of work-day cuts and then-Cooke Elementary School Principal Kay Hamilton’s contract non-renewal after allegedly not following lockdown procedures when a student brought an airsoft gun to school. 

Along with the contract extension, trustees also voted to give Miller a 1 percent pay increase, or about $1,430 a year. Under Miller’s contract, signed in June, he receives a base salary of $143,750. 

“The teachers all received a pay increase this year and it was all discussed and agreed upon ... that [1 percent] would be an appropriate rate at this time,” Easdon said. “That way we don’t single anybody out.

“We want the community and teachers to know that Dr. Miller is our superintendent and this board backs him and supports him 100 percent. We feel that he has done a wonderful job in the past year. He has set the bar high, once again, and we have all the confidence that he will be reaching his goals.” 

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