Whitehall school board members Feb. 8 approved two-year contract extensions for Superintendent Brian Hamler and Treasurer Steve McAfee.

Each two-year contract is effective Aug. 1, 2019, and extends through July 31, 2021.

Hamler was hired as Whitehall's superintendent July 1, 2013, under an original contract of three years.

McAfee joined the district as its treasurer Aug. 13, 2012, with an original contract of two years.

Hamler's current annual salary is $144,327, plus benefits equal to about 37.5 percent of his base salary; McAfee's current annual salary is $121,532, plus benefits equal to about 33 percent of his base salary, according to district officials.

"There are no changes to salary or benefit in the new contracts; the board is simply extending their employment through July 31, 2021," said Ty Debevoise, director of communications and marketing for Whitehall schools.

The board took evaluations of Hamler and McAfee in December, but the contract extension is based on an evaluation completed in June, said Whitehall school board President Blythe Wood.

The board conducts summative reviews of the superintendent and treasurer each June and formative reviews each December, Wood said.

But contract extensions cannot be approved if the existing contract has greater than 18 months remaining. That's why board members had to wait until now to extend the administrators' contracts based on the last summative review, Wood said.

"The board was pleased with the summative reviews (of Hamler and McAfee)," Wood said.

Hamler said he looks forward to continuing to lead the district.

"I am deeply appreciative of the board's decision to extend my contract," he said. "I take that as a show of confidence in my work and the direction that our outstanding staff is moving the district."

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