TUSD’s Pedicone to donate $16K bonus

2013-06-26T11:57:00Z 2013-06-26T12:43:46Z TUSD’s Pedicone to donate $16K bonusAlexis Huicochea Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone was awarded a $16,000 bonus, which he plans to donate to the Educational Enrichment Foundation, an organization that supports TUSD students and teachers.

The bonus was unanimously approved by the TUSD Governing Board Tuesday night for achieving 75 percent of the goals laid out for him last school year. Pedicone announced his resignation in March.

Pedicone’s last official day is Friday and his successor, H.T. Sanchez, plans to come on board on Monday.

Sanchez has not yet signed a contract with TUSD but the Governing Board is expected to vote on it Thursday at a special meeting.

Pedicone has indicated he may stay on board for a short period of time to assist with the transition.

Pedicone was eligible for a total of $22,000 but only received 75 percent of that — $16,489. The money is built into his contract but is withheld each year pending an evaluation by the Governing Board.

Pedicone was graded in seven areas, each of which carry different weights: achievement (25 percent), student enrollment (15 percent), customer service (15 percent), desegregation (15 percent), school master plan (15 percent), transportation (10 percent) and grants (5 percent).

The expectations in the achievement category included: increasing passing rates in reading, writing and math; reducing the number of “D” schools; increasing “A” and “B” schools; improving the overall culture and performance at turnaround schools; and reducing the overall enrollment decline.

Pedicone scored highest in transportation, grants and the school master plan, earning marks of 90 percent or higher. While he scored much lower in achievement — meeting 65 percent of the goals —the outgoing superintendent was not disappointed.

“When you get a percentage and that percentage is less than 100 percent, it doesn’t mean that you’ve failed as the leader,” Pedicone said. “It means that you set aggressive goals.”

He encouraged the board to continue to set extremely high and difficult to reach goals with the incoming superintendent. TUSD Governing Board President Adelita Grijalva agreed, saying “I think the goals were really aggressive. I think we did that on purpose ... I think overall, as a result we’re really happy with the progress the district has made.”

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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