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Community Involvement Behind Decision to Extend Rochester School Superintendent's Contract

Created: 11/05/2013 11:00 PM KSTP.com
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- The Rochester Public School Board believes the district is moving in the right direction and it wants to keep the man who's helping lead the way. In Tuesday night's assignment education, we find out what's behind the new contract being offered to Superintendent Michael Munoz.

Maybe he's been at your door for the "We Want You Back" campaign, or maybe you've seen him helping out the custodians for a day, those we spoke with say Rochester Superintendent Michael Munoz is everywhere. "He's engaged with the community since day one, actually before he got on the job he was engaging with this community," said Rochester Public School Board Chair Gary Smith.

His community outreach hasn’t gone unnoticed. "He's created partnerships that have allowed us to bring them (community members) in and to provide more support for our students, so with the support that they're giving us, we've been able to increase our ability to meet all student’s needs," said President of the Rochester Education Association Dr. Kit Hawkins.

That's one reason why this decision to approve a new three year contract for the superintendent, appeared to be an easy one. They voted unanimously to approve it. "This board has worked really well together and we have our moments and we have our times like any other board, we have our disagreements, but at the end of the day, I think we are all focused on what's in the best interest of the students and the best interest of this community, and we work really well as a team," said Smith.

There have been some big decisions in recent months that attest to that. "He ( Sup. Munoz) led this community through our strategic planning process," said Smith.

Those working hand-in-hand with the district look forward to the next chapter. "We appreciate the collaboration and the communication we have with our leadership," said Dr. Hawkins.

"I'm pleased to say that we are very, very pleased with the job that he's been doing here and we are very fortunate to have someone of his caliber leading this district," said Smith.

Superintendent Munoz started with the district 2 years ago. The new deal, approved unanimously by the school board, would keep him here until June of 2017. His pay would gradually increase from $194 thousand to $208 thousand a year.