NORTH ANDOVER — The School Committee talked about Superintendent Kevin Hutchinson’s salary in executive session Thursday night.
Hutchinson, who took charge of the schools July 1 of last year, is now paid $173,000 per year. His three-year contract authorizes the School Committee to increase his salary based on performance. The committee did not make a decision on his pay that evening.
Hutchinson was not included in the board’s closed-door meeting, which lasted about 45 minutes.
The School Committee voted to continue its commitment to small class sizes. Overall, the committee does not want any class to exceed 29 students. For kindergarten through second grade, the board wants classes to vary between 18 and 22 students.
The standard for third through fifth grades is 23 to 25 pupils. In the secondary grades, class sizes depend on program needs.
The committee also reaffirmed its policy of retaining all teaching positions.
While the current fiscal year is only 2 1/2 months old, School Business Administrator James Mealey reminded the committee that preparation for the next fiscal year has already begun. Team leaders need to submit their spending proposals to Hutchinson by November, he said.
The superintendent will then present his proposed budget to the School Committee in December. After deliberating over the spending plan in January, the committee will hold a public hearing in February.
Hutchinson noted that the Legislature recently amended the state’s anti-bullying law so that school employees can be charged with bullying students. Asked by School Committee member Brian Gross how frequently bullying occurs in the North Andover schools, Hutchinson said, “We receive less than one report a month.”
The committee voted to accept a donation of new playground equipment for Sargent School from the PTO. Karen Davis, a Sargent School PTO member who is coordinating the effort, estimated the value of the equipment at $28,000.
Parents will be assembling the new playground Oct. 16 through 19, she said. The current playground is not accessible to children with limited mobility, Davis explained. Also, much of it is made of wood, which tends to give children splinters, she said.
“Thank you very much,” Gross said.
“You have done an amazing job,” School Committee member Zora Warren said.