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South Whidbey superintendent gets three more years on job

The South Whidbey School District voted unanimously this week to extend Superintendent Jo Moccia’s contract another three years from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.

The board also approved during its regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting a second memorandum that granted Moccia a $2,500 pay raise. School board director Damian Greene, the body’s representative on the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, was the only board member to oppose the increase.

“Personally I wish everyone in the district could get a raise, but not knowing where we are with McCleary and the legislative branch … It’s not personal; it’s just me with the school district and I want to be, at this time, under the radar for us. So I just want you to know I’m not in favor of the raise. But I appreciate the work you’re doing; you’re doing a great job,” said Greene.

The board also honored graduating high school student Sydney Ackerman, who was the first student to serve on the board, with a certificate of recognition and memento for her contribution.

“She’s done a great job and added a whole new dynamic to the board and lots of interesting perspectives from students and from herself,” said Linda Racicot, chairwoman of the board.

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