Decatur school board awards superintendent $20,000 performance bonus

Decatur school board has awarded Superintendent David Dude his full performance bonus of $20,000. The board, l-r, Garrett Goebel, Dude, Tasha White, Chair Lewis Jones, Annie Caiola and Heather Tell. Courtesy City Schools of Decatur

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Decatur school board has awarded Superintendent David Dude his full performance bonus of $20,000. The board, l-r, Garrett Goebel, Dude, Tasha White, Chair Lewis Jones, Annie Caiola and Heather Tell. Courtesy City Schools of Decatur

Following a recent executive session Decatur’s school board awarded Superintendent David Dude a $20,000 performance bonus. Dude is completing (as of June 30) the first year of his second three-year contract, calling for a base salary of $199,000.

Dude’s performance goals and evaluation are developed by the board within a year-long series of confidential executive sessions, including a mid-year evaluation in January.

“We want to give him as much latitude as possible,” Board Chair Lewis Jones told the AJC. “But we try to be clear and specific on goals so there are no surprises and no second guessing. Bottom line, the board is happy with David. He shares our goals.”

Several 2018-19 achievements cited by Jones: implementing a district-wide Equity Action Plan; adopting a new, district-wide behavioral management plan; building and opening (scheduled for Aug. 1) the new Talley Street Elementary School on time and under budget; presenting a “clean” financial audit; and maintaining a high level of excellence in the district’s academic, vocational, and extracurricular programs.

Dude, who is the district’s 10th superintendent since 1902, was hired in 2015 after a five-months search. His current contract pays him a base salary of $209,000 for 2019-20 (July 1 through June 30) and $219,000 for 2020-21. He is again eligible for performance bonuses of up to $20,000 each year.