Ashland schools Superintendent Juli Di Chiro will receive a 2 percent raise, bringing her salary to $118,860, for next academic year, the School Board decided after giving her high marks in her annual review.

Ashland schools Superintendent Juli Di Chiro will receive a 2 percent raise, bringing her salary to $118,860, for next academic year, the School Board decided after giving her high marks in her annual review.

Other labor contracts approved by the board last week call for a 2.5 percent cost-of-living increase for classified staff members and a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for teachers for the next academic year.

The board gave Di Chiro a written evaluation and also rated her performance using a grade-point-average system, giving her a 3.87 GPA overall, equivalent to an "A" grade.

"She's a great superintendent and we're very, very fortunate to have her," said board member Carol Davis. "We want to compensate her so that she is as well compensated as the superintendents in districts similar to ours."

Di Chiro received a 3.6 in the shared educational vision category; a 4.0 in instructional leadership; a 3.8 in communications and community relations; a 4.0 in budget, finance and facilities management; a 3.8 in human resources and labor management; and a 4.0 in policy and governance.

Last spring the board gave Di Chiro a 3.75 GPA for the 2008-09 school year.

Di Chiro, the highest paid district employee, received $112,816 during the academic year that just ended. Her salary was set at $116,529, but due to furlough days, she took home less money, along with all other district employees.

The board also renewed Di Chiro's contract for three more academic years, through June 2013, and slightly adjusted some of her benefits to account for inflation. She will now receive a $60 monthly cell phone allowance, roughly double what she used to receive, and a $400 monthly ground transportation allowance, up from $300, Massie said.

— Ashland Daily Tidings