Superintendent Matt Duffy received a two-year contract extension following unanimous approval by the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education.
Duffy, whose two-year anniversary with the district is June 30, will also receive a two-percent raise retroactive to July 1, 2017, and three percent raise effective July 1 this year. The increases equal percentage increase recently awarded to other certificated management employees in the District.
The contract extension and salary increase comes as the result of Duffy earning an “Above Satisfactory” rating by the board. The district said specific student outcomes trended up over the last school year, “including 1,114 English learner students reclassified, and more African American students earning higher grade point averages.”
“Over the last year, Duffy has championed several initiatives including improving teacher and employee compensation, strengthening early literacy and supporting English learners,” according to the district. “Duffy has also led efforts expanding the K-8 model to three additional schools, raising the number of language immersion program seats, implementing math and writing projects at various schools, and increasing the focus on the lowest performing schools through the Kennedy Family Initiative.”
Board of Education President Valerie Cuevas called Duffy “a steadying influence” in his first two years.
“Under his leadership our district is focusing on the most effective strategies to support our students and school communities,” Cuevas said. “A key aspect of this work has been his collaborative partnership with this board.”
Duffy called news of his contract extension an “honor.”
“It’s an honor to continue leading this community and fight for social justice,” Duffy said. “I’ve certainly heard the areas in which we need to improve, and I will continue to work on those areas. I think we have a clearly defined path and I am thankful for the Board and community for trusting that the Roadmap 2022 will lead to improved outcomes for our students.”
Also at Wednesday’s board meeting, Duffy outlined a plan to have 80-percent of third graders reading at grade level, 80 percent of English learners reclassified within five years, 80 percent of African American students proficient in math, and 80 percent of graduates college and career ready by 2022. The roadmap also calls to retain 80 percent of employees for at least five years.