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Murphy gets contract extension

School Superintendent Hardy Murphy won another contract extension this week.


School Superintendent Hardy Murphy won another contract extension this week.

The Evanston/Skokie District 65 board, which has repeatedly drawn criticism for giving Murphy contracts running five years into the future — beyond the term of any sitting board member — did it again Monday night.

Two years ago when Murphy’s contract came up for a vote in September, during the school year, the proposal was the subject of heated community controversy. Murphy’s contract was last extended in December 2008.

But this year the board chose to take the vote in the middle of the summer with only minimal public notice.

Board members Bonnie Lockhart, Andrew Pigozzi, Jerome Summers, Keith Terry and Kim Weaver voted for the extension.

Tracy Quattrocki opposed it saying a five year contract isn’t in the best interest of the district.

Katie Bailey was absent from the meeting.

The new contract for Murphy, who’s been District 65 superintendent for 10 years, extends his term through June 30, 2014.

Update 8/6/09: District 65 issued a news release this afternoon noting, in part, that Murphy did not ask for a salary increase this year, and saying that was “an indication of his concern for the tough times that all are facing.”

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