Central’s Faulk gets high marks, pay raise and contract extension

The Central School Board on Thursday gave Superintendent Michael Faulk an almost perfect job evaluation and agreed to extend his contract one more year, meaning it won’t expire until Dec. 31, 2016.

Faulk is the only superintendent Central has had since it broke away from the East Baton Rouge Parish school system in 2007. During his tenure, Central schools have steadily improved their academic performance, added students (now about 4,400), improved facilities and maintained a healthy financial reserve, currently about $11 million.

The board rated Faulk “satisfactory” or “excellent” in four categories and nine subcategories. The four categories are “educational leadership,” “system management,” “board and community relations” and “miscellaneous.”

After the meeting, Faulk said the final composite score was 2.9 on a 3-point scale. Last year, he said, he earned a 2.5 out of 3.

“There were some things they wanted me to work on, so I worked on them,” he said.

Faulk pointed to improved academic results at Central High School on ACT and end-of-course exams, as well as expanded opportunities for college credit and career skills through Advanced Placement classes and dual enrollment and vocational courses through Baton Rouge Community College.

According to his contract, he gets an annual raise plus more if he meets two performance objectives: maintaining a healthy budget reserve and earning a satisfactory evaluation.

He said his base pay in 2014 will increase from $122,000 to $126,000. With other amenities, including allowances for housing and a cellphone, his compensation in 2014 increases to $133,000. In addition, he’ll earn an extra one-time amount of $3,600 for meeting his performance objectives, he said.

His contract was set to expire at the end of 2015 but now will last through 2016.

Asked how he’ll improve on such a high evaluation, Faulk promises he has things he’ll do.

“There’s always something more you can work on,” he said.