The Mount Carmel School board has approved a new two-year contract for its president, Galvin Deleon Guerrero, expressing full satisfaction with his first year performance.
“I am very humbled by the board’s faith in me and the entire school. It is an honor to work with a group of board members who are so committed to the school and Catholic education,” said Deleon Guerrero.
The board met last week and approved Deleon Guerrero’s new contract. Reflecting the school’s recent adoption of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, the new contract’s duties and responsibilities are modeled after the NSBECES standards for Catholic school leadership.
The board also added provisions to support the ongoing professional growth of the president with opportunities like continuing education seminars, retreats, and sabbaticals. The board also added provisions that allow for a salary increase if specific benchmarks are met, such as hitting enrollment targets or meeting financial goals.
Based on the result of the first-ever evaluation of the school president, Deleon Guerrero got high marks across the board.
The board also adopted a decision to implement a salary hike for its faculty. The board recognized that the school needs to move forward with salary increases in order to retain and recruit qualified, effective teachers.
While this salary increase may be nominal at this point, the board decided to begin raising salaries, rather than wait until the school has enough funds to offer a more substantive salary increase. The exact amount of the salary increase has been delegated to the school leadership to determine.
This news was welcomed by the faculty, including 2013 Teacher of the Tear Carmen Agulto.
“With this salary increase, I can tell that the board is very committed to the highest quality of teaching and learning. We are very grateful for them,” she said.
The board also approved the hiring of a development director, who will work on fundraisers, supplemental revenues, and alumni support. This creates a new position, which used to be performed by the school’s business manager.
Now that the school will have both a business manager and a development director, the board said the school will be able to see more financial stability.
The school has already identified a person for the position and will issue a formal announcement next week.
According to MCS board chair Joseph L. G. Taijeron Jr., “The Mount Carmel School board takes its responsibility to provide a clear and reasonable policy very seriously. Each member is dedicated to providing the school with their support and guidance.”