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EP school board extends superintendent contract

Andy Kovach, superintendent, Eagle Point schools

Following an annual evaluation, the Eagle Point School District Board of Directors recently unanimously approved extending its superintendent’s contract out to 2025.

The approval by the five-member board March 16 marked the second contract extension since Andy Kovach assumed office in March 2020, the same month the global pandemic shut down in-person learning for more than a year. The superintendent was evaluated over several months, both in closed meetings and through feedback provided by district constituents.

“We felt as a board that Mr. Kovach has shown excellent leadership throughout COVID. He also has his eyes wide open when it comes to where this district is struggling and is working to make positive changes to move the needle in the right direction,” Board Chair Emily McIntire wrote in an email to the newspaper Thursday. “Mr. Kovach continues to put this district and our students first in his decisions, and it was my honor to extend his contract.”

Kovach expressed appreciation for the board’s evaluation of him when contacted by the newspaper.

“I am grateful for the board’s positive feedback. I am humbled by their confidence in my leadership and challenged to live up to their expectations. Together we’ve navigated difficult times,” he wrote.

In particular, he is proud of Eagle Point’s kids, including his grandson.

“I'm especially proud of our kids. The times have been weird enough for adults. Imagine how it has been for our students,” Kovach wrote.

The approval marked Kovach’s second contract extension. According to McIntire, superintendents are evaluated every year and, if approved, the sessions result in a three-year contract extension.

“The reason behind this is that it gives the superintendent time to make changes and see change. The data shows that it takes a school three years of implementation to see effective change,” McIntire stated.

Aside from the date of expiration — June 30, 2025 — the new agreement shows few changes from the last one.

Kovach’s base salary will be $152,685 for the 2022-23 school year and increase every year according to the latest labor market figures for the duration of the contract. The document does not outline specific increases.

Kovach will get 17 vacation days next school year — up one from the current year — and will see a one-day increase in that allotment until the end of the contract.

For Kovach’s retirement account, the district agreed to make additional contributions totaling $5,000, or $416.67 per month.

Reach reporter Kevin Opsahl at 541-776-4476 or kopsahl@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevJourno.