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Superintendent gets three more years and a salary bump

The Farmington school board voted Monday to renew Superintendent Jay Haugen's contract for another three years.

"I'm thrilled," Haugen said of the decision. "This is my sixth year. Wow, does time go."

The renewal includes a two percent salary increase, raising his annual pay to $198,607.

"The superintendent has done a tremendous amount of work to continue to drive the district strategic plans and remain involved across local community, state educational and legislative groups," said board chair Julie Singewald, who read from a prepared statement.

"One of the superintendent's greatest strengths is his focus on putting students first in every goal and decision," she said, adding that his weakness, perhaps, was in trying to do everything himself.

"The board encourages the superintendent to utilize your team and do not hesitate to delegate," she said.

Haugen came to the district in 2011 and was instrumental in bringing iPads to the classrooms, as well as run a successful referendum campaign which increased the district's operating levy by $2.9 million per year and netted $45 million to improve security, repair facilities and add classrooms for full-day kindergarten.

One of his guiding philosophies has been to keep state and federal bureaucracy out of the district.

"The magic for the school district is local control," he said. "Sometimes we get away from that. We start to lose our way."

The new contract will go into effect July 1, 2017.

Haugen said he is happy with Farmington's progress, saying other districts have been watching too.

"I'd love to retire in this district," he said. "I have no desire to be anywhere else."