By Deborah Gertz Husar Herald-Whig. Mar. 10, 2017 8:36 am.
The Quincy School Board has extended Superintendent Roy Webb's contract to June 30, 2022.
Board President Sayeed Ali said the extension, approved on a 6-0 vote during a Thursday afternoon special meeting, provides the district needed stability.
"To have someone who leads by example, that truly cares about our students and our staff, that's what we were looking for, and the entire board feels like that's what we have with Roy," Ali said. "Being able to sign him to a multiyear deal is extremely exciting for the board and the community."
Ali said Webb was hesitant about agreeing to a long-term contract when his employees were working on a one-year agreement.
"I assured him people in this organization wouldn't see it as him taking care of himself first, but rather as a superintendent finally willing to make a long-term commitment to our students and community," Ali said. "Quincy Public Schools should not be viewed as a steppingstone. It should be viewed as a destination, and the board feels Roy can help make this happen again."
Under terms of the contract extension, any salary increase beginning with the 2018-19 year would be equal to the dollar amount, not percentage, of the increase given that contract year to the lowest paid full-time classroom teacher in the district -- something Webb requested in contract talks with Ali.
"I'm a well-paid guy. The board paid me competitively when I came here," said Webb, who is earning $190,000 this school year. "Going forward tied to the lowest-paid increase for teachers sends a message that we're a team here and that we have some fiscal challenges we have to address. Hopefully, I can get the lowest-paid teacher to get a huge increase, but bottom line, we're doing what we can afford."
The extension also may pay dividends as the district resumes contract talks this spring with the Quincy Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Personnel.
"I hope they see stability in the superintendent's position the same way the board saw. For five, six, seven years, they're been rolling through superintendents. It's tough for any organization to not have that person at the top," Webb said. "Maybe we can start to build a little more trust in the central office, and that may pay us dividends."
Webb, 54, came to Quincy in January 2016 from Canton (Ill.) Union School District 66, where he worked for 6 1/2 years as superintendent. Before that, he held a similar job in the Chadwick-Milledgeville School District, and he also worked as a principal, coach, athletic director and teacher.
Webb, who also served as a brigadier general Iowa Army National Guard, said he will be on the job for as long as the board wants him and he wants to retire from the Quincy district.
But should the district and Webb need to part ways, the extension changes the contract buyout provision. The original contract based a buyout on 66.67 percent of Webb's $185,000 starting salary. The extension changes that to 25 percent.
Ali said the compensation part of the discussion took about two minutes with Webb -- and that sends an important message.
"As our high school students are entering into the workforce, I actually think it's important for them to know what their fair market value is and work hard to get it because money is very, very important," Ali said. "But I also want them to be aware of this. It's a lesson in true leadership.
"The respect that we have for Roy as a superintendent and as a veteran is off the charts, and that's because of his actions. He chooses to lead by example, and like a true leader, he puts the interest of our students and staff ahead of his."