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|Webber gets contract extension|
The Ouachita Parish School Board agreed Tuesday to extend Superintendent Dr. Bob Webber's contract for another two years.
The motion to extend Webber's contract was made by board member A.R. "Red" Sims. It was unanimously approved by the school board at its regular meeting.
Webber's contract was last extended in January 2007 for an additional two years. Webber now has four years remaining on his current contract, which ends in 2012. His base salary is $155,841 per year.
Next month he will begin his eighth year as superintendent of Ouachita Parish Schools.
"Dr. Webber has made an excellent superintendent, and I would like to ask the board to give him two more years on his present contract," Sims said.
Following the boards approval, Webber thanked the members and said, "I will sign it."
After the meeting, Webber told The Ouachita Citizen he appreciates the confidence the board has in him. He believes the current members of the school board, teachers, personnel and students have all made Ouachita Parish Schools one of the best school systems in the state.
"We're going to continue to work hard and do our best to keep the Ouachita Parish school system the best in the state," Webber said. "There's a lot of good things going on."
"We have great help, wonderful teachers, support workers, administrators and great kids," Webber continued. "We've been successful because of all of them."
When asked if he will remain superintendent after his current contract expires, Webber said, "In four years, we'll see."
Webber said he's pleased with the operation of the school system, adding that test scores continue to rank among the best in the state.
The school system's finances also remain strong in spite of a lackluster economy.
Because of the system's sound finances, the school board early last month secured an AA- general obligation tax bond rating. Ouachita Parish School is one of four school systems in Louisiana to be awarded the sound rating.
Standard & Poor's, a national bond rating agency, recently upgraded the school system's bond rating from an A- to the AA- bond rating after reviewing the financial operations at the parish school system.
"We have an AA bond rating, so there's a lot of good things to look forward to," Webber said. "I also feel like we have the finest facilities in the state, and we have great support from the community with our taxes."
"Our kids are wonderful, and our employees are wonderful … it's the best job in the state as far as I'm concerned," he added.