Jeffco School Board approves $280,000 contract for new superintendent McMinimee


Dan McMinimee was at the Jefferson County School Board meeting late Thursday, June 5, 2014, awaiting the vote on his contract.

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- The Jefferson County School Board approved the contract for new superintendent Dan McMinimee late Thursday night.

The board voted, 3-2, to approve the $280,000 contract that includes a base pay of $220,000, $40,000 in performance pay and a $20,000 PERA reimbursement for McMinimee, the former assistant superintendent in Douglas County.

An earlier motion to lower the base salary to $200,000 and cap the performance pay at $20,000 was defeated, 3-2. The board did approve a change to the contract from a six-month to a 12-month buyout on a 3-2 vote.

Dozens of parent, teachers and community members crowded the meeting for the vote. Many in the community argued against the contract.

"This is not a compromise or a concession, but an outrageous amount to pay an unproven finalist," said Bini Abbott, a Jefferson County resident.

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