Last month, members of the Federal Way Public Schools Board unanimously approved an extension of Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell’s contract.
Campbell, who joined FWPS in 2015, was awarded an additional year through June 30, 2024. This vote of a term extension is “a routine item done on an annual basis,” said Kassie Swenson, chief of communications for FWPS.
The Oct. 13 vote is the fifth year in a row the FWPS Board of Directors have extended Campbell’s contract, Swenson said, “showing the Board’s confidence with the continued growth and progress under Dr. Campbell’s leadership.”
Campbell’s salary for the 2019-20 school year was $285,000. However, the school board did not grant a raise for the 2020-21 school year, said Whitney Chiang, director of multimedia communications for the district.
“While all staff received a 1.6% cost of living increase for the 2020-21 school year, Dr. Campbell has requested her cost of living increase be deferred, so her salary remains the same for the 2020-21 school year,” Chiang said.
Board member Hiroshi Eto said there’s a lot to say about the value of continuity, thanking Campbell for her work.
At the Oct. 13 meeting, Campbell thanked the board members for their support and continued confidence in her abilities by extending her term for another year.
Six years ago, Campbell said, the district had not passed a bond, graduation rates were lower, there were no scholar advisory boards and Guaranteed and Viable curriculum wasn’t present in the district, among other betterments.
“I think it’s about the results of the team that we’ve collectively recognized together and I want to thank you for that confidence.”