CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The Caddo Parish School Board has voted to extend Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree's contract.
The board voted Tuesday to extend Goree's contract from November of 2016 to December 2018.
Goree's extension comes on the heels of what Board Members have classified as an upward momentum in the district. Since Goree began his tenure in Caddo in December 2013, the district has seen its first balanced budget in more than a decade, the first pay increase for employees since 2008, increased school performance scores by a letter grade at 10 campuses and fostered the creation of the most substantial effort to date to reform failing schools with the Transformation Zone launching this past fall.
Dr. Goree will receive a $10,000 signing bonus. As part of his contract extension, Goree's $200,000 salary will increase by $25,000 beginning next month. There is also no escalation clause, meaning Dr. Goree will not receive a raise even if other school employees receive raises during this time. Should Goree decide to terminate his contract early, he must return a pro-rated portion of the signing compensation as determined by the number of months left on his contract.
Goree said aside from the financial incentives which come with his contract extension, he is more excited to have affirmation from the Board of the work he is doing.
"I am once again humbled and appreciative the Board to decide to put this on the agenda and approve my contract extension," Goree said. "They are not only supportive of me and my staff, but also my family. I am thrilled to have an opportunity for my family to continue to live here and for my children to be educated here. This is home, and this is where I intend to be."
Since being chosen as Superintendent of Caddo Parish Schools in 2013, Dr. Goree has worked to rebuild or "reinvest" in the district by proposing a Reinvest in Caddo plan.
Last month, the school board unanimously voted to support Dr. Goree his plan. The $108 million proposal calls for closing six schools, building 3 news schools and other additions to schools across the parish such as new auditoriums, classroom wings, a library, auxiliary gymnasiums and activity centers.
A week ago, Dr. Goree talked about how his mission "has been and will continue to be improving all of our schools."
Ultimately, the Caddo Parish voters will have the say on whether to approve the plan or not on the May 2 ballot.