FIS will renew Crowe's contract

By Katheran Wasson Published:

The Frankfort Independent Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to renew Superintendent Rich Crowe’s contract for another four years at an annual salary of $98,310.

“We feel like Rich really has the board moving in a direction that the board wants to go,” Chairman Paul Looney said. 

“We’re making great strides – we’re not where we want to be yet, but we’re getting there.”

Looney said Crowe has managed the district well through a recession, often making tough decisions about budget cuts and layoffs. 

Board members are also pleased with Crowe’s initiative, he said, including his role in expanding the preschool program and starting Frankfort’s OWN, a Saturday club to motivate African American boys to succeed in school and after graduation.

“All of our principals and Rich are working very well together as a team, and Rich works tirelessly,” Looney said. 

“He’s very self motivated, and he works well with the board, and I think he’s respected by the staff.”

Looney said there’s no salary increase with Crowe’s new contract. That isn’t a reflection of his performance, he said, but of the tough financial times the school district faces.

Looney did not have a copy of Crowe’s contract Thursday, but said no terms are changing. The new contract takes effect July 1.

Crowe, who was hired in 2008 after serving as principal of Second Street School, said he’s happy and appreciates the opportunity to lead Frankfort Independent Schools for another four years.

“Hopefully we will continue to move forward,” he said.


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