The Boulder Valley school board on Tuesday approved a contract extension for Superintendent Rob Anderson, who will begin his fifth year with the district this fall.
“I’m superexcited that we are going to have our superintendent with us for another year — and many more, we hope,” said school board president Kathy Gebhardt. “Thank you Rob, for getting us through everything we had to go through this last year. We are superexcited that we will continue to be able to work together.”
Anderson’s contract was extended to 2025. He will earn the same salary of $278,091, which the board approved during his contract extension last June, but Anderson will now be reimbursed by the district for the monthly employee-paid Public Employees Retirement Association contributions that were previously taken from his base salary.
Gebhardt said the decision to reimburse Anderson for PERA contributions rather than increase his pay came from examining what other school districts in the area are doing.
The board also unanimously approved the annual superintendent evaluation. In Anderson’s evaluation, the board complimented Anderson for the way he navigated challenges such as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Marshall Fire and issues with declining enrollment.
Overall, the district’s enrollment dipped by about 1% during this past school year, despite a small boost at the elementary level that followed a large pandemic decline. Generally, declining enrollment has been concentrated at the elementary level, though middle schools also are starting to see fewer students.
“Rob has done an excellent job leading the district,” said school board vice president Lisa Sweeney-Miran. “We are incredibly lucky to have him.”
The board’s evaluation said it also supports the work Anderson has accomplished over the past year, which includes hiring and training school safety advocates, implementing the equal school day plan, hiring a new Title IX coordinator, forming an Equity Council and implementing differentiated funding to support schools that need additional resources.
Anderson said he is honored to serve as Boulder Valley’s superintendent and looks forward to the upcoming school year.
“We need to continue to work on the implementation of our strategic plan,” he said. “I am very excited about (the) Grad Plus (plan), which is an initiative to provide more opportunities for students taking college level courses, earning the skill of biliteracy — becoming bilingual, earning industry certifications. I think it is a really important initiative and aspect of our strategic plan that I feel like is really going to create great opportunities for our kids and our community.”