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Superintendent earns a pay raise
Superintendent Tom Murphy has contributed to the growing success of the Federal Way School District and deserves a 3.7 percent pay increase, the school board voted last week after Murphys annual evaluation.
Murphys current salary after the raise is $162,221 less than that of the superintendents of many neighboring school districts.
He could walk tomorrow and get a heck of a lot more than were paying him, said school board president Ed Barney.
In Puyallup, Superintendent Tony Apostle earns $214,447 annually. In Clover Park, interim Superintendent Al Cohen earns $176,580 annually.
He has a few years left before hes ready to retire. Wed like to keep him, Barney said.
Barney cited the expansion of academically-challenging programs as one of the reasons for the raise.
During Murphys tenure, the district has seen growing enrollment in programs such as Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) at high schools and middle schools, the only West Coast site of the Cambridge Program at Federal Way High School, the Cambridge Checkpoint Program at Sacajawea and Lakota middle schools, and SpringBoard, a College Board Advanced Placement preparation program at the districts middle schools and Decatur High School.
Murphy is also leading the district in implementing a new district-wide math curriculum, Algebraic Thinking. The goal of the new program is for all eighth-grade students to take algebra in preparation for more rigorous high school courses.
Under Murphys leadership, the district has continued to achieve Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) scores that are slightly above the state average and also worked to close the achievement gap between minority or poor students and the rest of the student populations.
Murphys contract runs through June 30, 2010.
He works well with the board. He works well with the community, Barney said. Hes well-respected and hes doing a good job.
Contact Margo Horner: firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 925-5565.