Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane gets contract extension

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 11:42 p.m.

Pittsburgh school Superintendent Linda Lane landed a three-year contract extension before four of her supporters leave the school board at the end of this year.

The board voted, 7-1, on Wednesday to approve the contract. It took effect Wednesday and will expire in June 2016. Lane will make at least $200,000 annually, with the potential to earn up to $265,000 by the end of the deal if she meets performance standards.

She said this will be her last contract.

Regina Holley abstained from voting. Mark Brentley was the lone dissenter.

Board President Sharene Shealey, Jean Fink, Theresa Colaizzi and Floyd “Skip” McCrea have decided not to seek re-election. Their terms on the board end in December.

“I would like to thank you for even agreeing to stay with us,” said board member Sherry Hazuda.

Lane, 63, of Highland Park made $200,000 a year under her last contract. She twice turned down raises totaling $20,000 because of the financial problems facing the district.

She came to Pittsburgh in 2007 as deputy superintendent under Mark Roosevelt. She replaced him, effective Jan. 1, 2010, when he left to become president of Antioch College in Ohio.

She started as an elementary teacher in Iowa City and Des Moines and rose to become deputy superintendent and chief operating officer in the Des Moines Public Schools. She has a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Iowa and a master's degree in school administration and doctorate in educational leadership, both from Drake University in Des Moines.

Carey Harris, executive director of A+ Schools, a watchdog group for the school district, praised Lane's extension. She said the superintendent responded to the public and navigated through difficult situations, although her group issued a report citing some backsliding by the district the previous year.

Bill Zlatos is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7828 or bzlatos@tribweb.com.

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