By J. NOEL ESPINOZA
Special to the NEWS
Without elaborating or giving any details after a closed executive session Tuesday, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District approved changes to the contract of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nate Carman.
Apparently, the changes are still subject to legal review.
After the regular board meeting, the school board went behind closed doors and deliberated a couple of items on the agenda related to the contract under discussion of and conduct superintendent evaluation and discussion and consideration of superintendent contract.
After the executive session, SBCISD Board of Trustees President Michael A. Vargas read the first item and stated that the board was not taking any action.
The second item, however, was divided into three portions: first, Vargas asked for a motion to approve the changes as indicated in executive session, then he asked for a motion to approve the compensation changes as indicated in executive session, and third, asked for a motion to approve the changes as indicated in executive session subject to counsel review.
All the motions were approved overwhelmingly except the last part of the second which is subject to counsel review. Board member M. L. Garcia voted against that motion.
According to the district’s own website, Carman has had four contract reviews since he was hired Aug. 2017.
The online information shows the superintendent’s contract was amended on Feb. 2018, six month later after being hired, and two revisions on Oct. 2018 and Dec. 2018.
An August 2017 contract also found online shows an annual salary of $175,000. That means that in less than two years, Carman’s salary has increased $27,776 plus incentives.
The News sent emails to Gonzalez since Tuesday inquiring whether Carman is getting another salary raise and incentives.
According to multiple sources close to the situation, Carman asked for a $1 million severance package in the event that a new majority were to enter into the picture next year and attempted to replace him as superintendent and that he asked for anywhere between $14-16K to be placed into his retirement fund annually for the life of his contract with the district, pending the school district attorney’s vetting the legality of the buyout with TEA. Gonzalez has been reached for comment to verify this matter but has yet to respond to that portion of the inquiry, stating instead that, “details will be made available online once the contract has been signed and executed.”
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