ELMHURST – One by one, the members of the Elmhurst District 205 School Board took their turns, each speaking with enthusiasm and leaving no doubt where they stood on the issue.
And when they were done, they voted unanimously to extend the contract of Superintendent David Moyer for another two years.
“Dr. Moyer is a visionary leader who is committed to raising the bar and closing the achievement gap for all students.”
The vote, taken just before the conclusion of Tuesday’s board meeting, was a forgone conclusion by the time the members of the School Board had each had their turn speaking about why they felt that Moyer has done an excellent job. And that, in turn, followed a joint statement read by Board President Shannon Ebner that listed the accomplishments during Moyer’s tenure, and a second statement from board member Chris Blum, the chairman of the district’s finance and operations committee, laying out the terms of Moyer’s extension.
Ebner’s statement came across as a recitation of one success after another during Moyer’s tenure. Record ACT scores. Excellence in standardized testing. Implementation of new educational methods. Balanced budgets, year after year.
“Dr. Moyer is a visionary leader who is committed to raising the bar and closing the achievement gap for all students,” Ebner said.
The new contract supersedes Moyer’s existing contract, taking effect July 1 of this year and running through June 30, 2020. Moyer’s previous contract would have expired following the end of the 2017-18 school year.
While the board didn’t include a pay increase for Moyer, whose annual salary before benefits is $225,951, they did indicate a willingness to discuss the issue of a raise “by a modest amount” after the end of this school year.
Speaking off the cuff after his statement concluded, Blum extolled the virtues that make Moyer an effective leader.
“I think the hallmark of a great leader is a great team around him, and you have one.”
“I think one of the main jobs of a leader, or CEO, or a superintendent, is to surround yourself with great people, and I think you would be the first one to say that those accomplishments weren’t accomplished by one person, but a team,” Blum said. “I have been very impressed by your ability to put together a high performing team. … I think the hallmark of a great leader is a great team around him, and you have one.”
Board member Emily Bastedo talked about the high expectations that the board had for Moyer.
“When I was running for school board, someone gave me the advice that my job is really to hire a professional and to hold him or her accountable,” she said. “I really feel like we have demanded a lot of you and asked a lot of you, and you’ve risen to the occasion.”
Moyer, for his part, seemed almost overwhelmed by all the praise directed his way.
“You guys have all said a lot of really nice things,” he said just before the vote was made official. “This isn’t, never was, about me.”