School Board Extends Purser's Contract
The Board of Education has given Superintendent Susan Purser a one-year contract extension that will keep her with the Moore County school system through the 2013-2014 year.
The board unanimously approved the extension after completing its annual evaluation of Purser Monday night.
"The progress that the Moore County Schools has made under Dr. Susan Purser's leadership the past six years is commendable," Board Chairman Dale Frye said in a statement. "She has provided a vision for 21st century learning that has energized our teachers and administrators. As a result, our students are more engaged. Our staffs have a clear direction, and our school district is moving forward in a cohesive and collaborative manner."
Purser said Thursday that she was both "honored" and "grateful" to continue her work with Moore County. She elected to forgo a $2,500 pay raise that she was scheduled to receive in her contract.
"I work elbow-to-elbow with the people in our organization," she said Thursday, "and if they're not receiving any additional benefits or salary increases, I don't want to take one either. Everybody is working hard, and therefore I feel very strongly that, even though my contract calls for it, I'm no better than the rest of the folks."
Purser will make $152,000 next year, according to her contract.
Purser has been with the school system since 2004, when she was hired to replace Patrick Russo.
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