Tucson Unified School District Superintendent H.T. Sanchez could receive a bonus of more than $12,000 for achievement initiatives today at a special Governing Board meeting.
The Governing Board will meet at 5 p.m. to vote on the performance pay bonus for Sanchez, who is approaching the end of his first year with the district.
In accordance with his contract, Sanchez is eligible to receive performance-based compensation up to 6 percent — $12,600 — of his annual $210,000 base salary.
The district’s last two superintendents, John Pedicone and Elizabeth Celania-Fagen, donated their performance pay bonuses to TUSD and to the Educational Enrichment Foundation, an organization that supports TUSD students and teachers.
Rather than the Governing Board setting Sanchez’s goals, Sanchez developed the list of 15 initiatives — including things like dealing with salary compression, reducing class size and curriculum matters — on which he would be evaluated based on conversations he has had with board members.
In addition to the 15 initiatives, the district developed plans related to TUSD’s effort to bringing racial balance to its schools and other operational tasks to help the district comply with a federal desegregation order.
TUSD Governing Board President Adelita Grijalva said it is common for superintendents to set some of their own goals in consultation with the boards, noting that the process differs with each leader.
“There is much work that has been done with much more that remains,” Sanchez said in a memo regarding his performance pay. “We have addressed long-standing items but have a long list of items that await careful attention and swift action. As opposed to focusing on what we can’t do as a result of diminishing state funding for public education, we focused on what we would do, and in turn, we accomplished much.”