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New contract for Farmington's superintendent
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There won’t be any last-minute negotiations for the Farmington School District and superintendent Jay Haugen. 

Haugen’s first three-year contract with the district will not expire until June 30, but board members voted unanimously Monday to approve a new deal that will take effect next July 1 and run through June 30 of 2017.\

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Board chair Tera Lee said she started the negotiation process as early as she could because she expected it to take a few months.

The new contract does not include a salary increase in the first year but Haugen, who currently makes $189,000, will get a raise to $191,835 for the 2015-16 contract year and to $194,713 for the 2016-17 year. The contract allows for additional salary increases during the term of the contract, but not for reductions.

There are also changes to the way Haugen will be able to accumulate sick days. Under the current contract, Haugen receives 1.5 sick days per working month and can accumulate a maximum of 200. The new deal allows a maximum of 50 days in addition to any sick days Haugen would accumulate in a year. On June 30 of each year Haugen will receive an amount equal to the number of sick days he has beyond 50 into his post-retirement health reimbursement arrangement.

Haugen started in the district in July of 2011 and has led a push since arriving for customizing education in Farmington Schools. Most visibly, that has included putting iPads in the hands of every Farmington student. Farmington was also selected along with the Spring Lake Park School District as an innovation zone, a designation that allows the district some freedom to try new things with the blessing of the state education department.

Lee said she has been happy with Haugen’s leadership so far. There was some concern when the district parted ways with former superintendent Brad Meeks that bad relationships might make the position unappealing for candidates.

“I think he’s done an excellent job for us,” she said. “He came into a situation where there was some division and he built a team. He brought all sides and parties together and has done a great job communicating.

“The dynamic is completely different now.”

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Nathan Hansen
Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
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