Princeton Times


February 15, 2013

Akers will continue as Mercer schools superintendent

PRINCETON — Mercer County Schools Superinten-dent Deborah Akers will be keeping her position for the next four years.

After a lengthy executive session Tuesday night, Board President Greg Prudich said Akers and the board had reached an agreement on a four-year contract. Prudich said the contract included raises of $2,500 for the first and second years of the contract and raises of $3,500 for the final two years.

Akers will earn $124,700 for the 2012-13 school year. By adding the raises to that total, Akers will earn $127,200 for the 2013-14 school year, $129,700 for the 2014-15 school year, $133,200 for the 2015-16 school year, and $136,700 for the 2016-17 school year.

 “All other terms of the contract will remain the same,” Prudich added.

When the board returned to open session, the board voted unanimously to accept the contract.

Until her contract was renegotiated in 2011, Akers received a monthly car supplement. During those negotiations, the car allowance was converted to supplementary compensation and thusly added to the total of salary Akers receives.

Prudich cited Akers as bringing stability to the Mercer County School system. In her evaluation on Jan. 22, the Board of Education said Akers had met or exceeded the standards set by the state. Also, they found that Akers had done well in preparing the county school system to meet its long-term goals.

The release said, “Specifically, the Board of Education wants to commend Dr. Akers for her efforts in maintaining a fiscally strong school system, her emphasis on professional training and development, and her efforts to improve academic progress and outcomes for students.”

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