Little Falls School Board signs with Stephen Jones
By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Stephen Jones did not officially become superintendent of the Little Falls Schools until he signed his contract and the School Board approved the document. It was finalized at the Tuesday night board meeting.
The contract is good for three years, beginning July 1, and ending June 30, 2015. Jones will have charge of the administration of the district under the direction of the school board. He will direct and assign all employees under his supervision and organize the administration and supervisory staff as approved by the Board. He may suggest policies, regulations, rules and procedures and perform the duties incident to his office and those suggested by the Board.
For the school year 2012-13, Jones will be paid $141,000. For the second year of his contract, he will receive $144,500 and for the third year he will receive $148,000.
Jones will work the entire 12-month contract year, which may include legal holidays if the district is authorized to conduct school per the Board instructions.
During each year, Jones will be given 40 days of paid professional leave. Unused days may accumulate up to 140 days. He will also receive 11 paid holidays each year. Those are New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
The Little Falls District will provide Jones and his dependents with health and hospitalization insurance coverage, at the expense of the district. It will provide Jones with life insurance, long term disability insurance and liability insurance, also at the expense of the district.
Jones will be compensated for business use of his private vehicle and will have valid expenses and fees paid for his attendance at professional conferences and meetings. He will also be reimbursed $5,000 for moving expenses to Little Falls and for any temporary housing expenses he may incur during the first year of his contract.
“My family and I spent the day in Little Falls Tuesday and all of us were very excited during the drive home,” said Jones. “I spent the day with Little Falls staff and my family spent the day house hunting. We all felt very welcomed into the community. Everyone we met was friendly and all spoke highly of Little Falls. It was a great day.”
Jones is married to Kristin and they have four children. David attends the University of Minnesota – Duluth, Alex attends Southwest State University, Noah is in ninth grade and Hannah is in sixth grade.
Jones is coming from the Sibley East District, southeast of Hutchinson, with a student population of about 1,200.