The superintendent of the single-campus Woodside Elementary School District would get an extra $9,400 a year for a total salary of $197,342 under a proposed three-year contract that goes to the school board today.
Superintendent Beth Polito, who also serves as Woodside Elementary's principal, was hired in July 2011. The district serves about 450 students, according to 2011-2012 enrollment data.
In addition to health and retirement benefits, the contract calls for giving Polito $350 per month to drive her own car to district-related activities. And if the district decides to fire her without cause, it must give her 120 days notice and pay a severance equal to her salary for 12 months after the notice date or the remainder of her contract, whichever comes first.
Before voting on Polito's contract, the board is scheduled to evaluate her performance in a closed session.
If approved, Polito's salary would be higher than the annual pay of superintendents of local districts of similar size. Lisa Cesario, superintendent of the Las Lomitas School District, which has 1,444 students in two schools, makes $185,000 a year, according to Chief Business Officer Carolyn Chow.
Newly hired Portola Valley Superintendent Lisa Gonzalez will make $183,000 a year for leading the two-school, 700-student district, according to her contract.
Jan Christensen, superintendent of the Redwood City School District, receives an annual salary of $174,290. The district encompasses 16 schools with an overall enrollment of 9,273.
Under Polito's leadership, the district uncovered a $2.6 million loan fraudulently obtained for facility improvements by Tim Hanretty, its former chief business official. Hanretty went on to become superintendent of the Portola Valley School District in 2010 and embezzled almost $100,100 from there. He was sentenced in October to two years in state prison for misappropriating public funds from the two districts.
The school board is to meet in Room 39 at Woodside Elementary School, 3195 Woodside Road. The closed session starts at 2 p.m. and the open session at 3:30 p.m.