Holland to stay on as school district superintendent

Clayton Holland will remain the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s superintendent through June 2027 after the district’s Board of Education on Monday approved a new contract that Holland says he intends to sign.

Holland has served as KPBSD’s superintendent since 2021. He also previously served as the district’s assistant superintendent and has also worked as the director of student support services. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The new contract, which is effective starting July 1, describes a base salary — for 260 days of service each year — of $195,000. The salary is set to increase by 2% in the second and third years of the contract.

Holland’s previous contract, signed Feb. 1, 2021, describes a salary of $179,000 without raises.

Board President Zen Kelly said during the meeting that the raise was negotiated to reflect the level of compensation offered by other school districts of a similar size, that it reflects the work and the talent required of the position, and that it emulates similar increases seen by district staff over the past three years.

The contract also describes insurance coverage, vacation time, and Holland’s duties as superintendent of the district.

Several members of the board spoke their support of Holland during the meeting.

“I’m very pleased that Superintendent Holland will be with us again next year,” member Penny Vadla said. “I’ve watched him in action — how hard he works and how many people he meets with in all the schools he’s been into. I am very supportive of moving forward with this.”

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Member Patti Truesdell said that in Holland’s time as superintendent, he’s done “a wonderful job.”

“Our district is fortunate to have somebody of your caliber,” she said. “Somebody that works as hard as you do.”

Holland said that he is grateful for the confidence in him expressed by the board. He pointed to his time as superintendent as an “interesting three years.” He said the district is prepared to continue serving students and the community, that it has skilled people in the right places to facilitate growth.

“I do believe the best is yet to come,” he said. “I’m excited; I will be signing the contract.”

A full recording of the meeting will be made available on the school board’s BoardDocs website. The new contract can also be viewed there.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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