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Board renews superintendent's contract

Edward Lee Vargas - Reporter file photo
Edward Lee Vargas
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The Kent School Board renewed Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas's contract over the summer.

In exchange for his administrative services, as well as maintaining involvement in both the business and civic community, Vargas will receive $263,320 and a month of paid vacation, of which he'll need to use 10 days a year as mandatory leave.

Vargas also will receive 12 days of sick leave, three discretionary vacation days, and five days of discretionary time for consultative work, lecturing, speaking engagements or other tasks related to but not directly included in his duties.

Vargas has also been authorized $833.34 per month to "defray costs incurred in using his automobile for official travel in-district and within 50 miles (one way) of the administration building."

The superintendent will receive a district-sponsored medical examination to certify him fit and competent for his duties.

The contract can be extended indefinitely, but if the board plans on terminating it on July 2017, it must notify Vargas in writing a full year beforehand.

As an additional clause, Vargas must submit to an annual review with the school board each year. The Kent School District has declined to disclose Vargas' annual reviews, although this practice is not common in surrounding districts. For districts such as Tacoma and Enumclaw, the records are readily available through public records requests. Districts such as Issaquah retain them under private personnel information.

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