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May 9, 2014

Timberlane superintendent gets 4.3 percent raise

PLAISTOW — Timberlane Regional School District superintendent Earl Metzler will receive a 4.3 percent raise and a $5,369 bonus as part of a strong performance review still being written.

Metzler, who now makes $134,225, will bump up to $140,000 a year.

The Timberlane SAU 55 School Board is reviewing his performance over the past year. The process started at a nonpublic meeting Wednesday night, according to SAU Board Chairman Jason Cipriano.

The raise will be effective July 1, Cipriano said.

The district’s 10-member board includes Timberlane and Hampstead School Board members. They are writing a letter summarizing Metzler’s second-year performance, Cipriano said.

“The overall comments was that the board is generally satisfied with his performance,” he said. “I’d go so far as to say the board is very satisfied.”

The letter will be finalized at a closed-door meeting May 21, Cipriano said.

Not much from the performance review will be made public, including the letter, he said.

While it’s still being written, Metzler’s performance raise and bonus were approved and made public Wednesday night.

He will also receive a one-time performance bonus equal to 4 percent of his current salary. The bonus, worth $5,369, is the maximum allowed by his contract, Cipriano said.

The numbers were determined by rating Metzler in about 20 different performance areas. They also compared his salary to other superintendents in similarly sized districts, Cipriano said.

“The board takes a look at the raw data, as well as summary data, and looks at that in terms of his overall score to determine how much of that 4 percent we decide to award him,” he said.

Those details are also available to the public.

“I can’t disclose the individual ratings, but can tell you broadly, the ratings were very favorable, and his overall rating was very high,” Cipriano said.

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