JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio

Pictured: JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio (WDRB file photo)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Board of Education reappointed Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Marty Pollio on Tuesday night and will begin contract negotiations.

The school board voted unanimously to state its intent to reappoint Pollio, who started as acting superintendent in 2017, effective April 1 and enter negotiations on a new contract.

Pollio’s initial four-year contract, which pays him $276,000 per year, is set to expire in March.

Diane Porter, the board's chairperson who represents District 1; Corrie Shull, the board's vice chairperson who represents District 6; and General Counsel Kevin Brown will negotiate an extension with Pollio, who was named Kentucky Superintendent of the Year in July by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.

"I think Dr. Pollio has done an exceptional job," Porter told reporters after Tuesday's meeting. "I think the district has done an exceptional job working through a pandemic, which we were not prepared for, which no one was prepared for, so we have to look at what we have been able to accomplish."

Terms of the negotiated contract will be presented to the board for its approval at a later meeting.

Pollio said he had several tasks he hoped to complete with his career at JCPS poised to continue pending contract negotiations, such as continuing investments in facilities, adding learning time for students, developing leadership within the JCPS workforce and revising the district's student assignment plan.

"All of these things are things that still need to be really grappled with over the next few years, and I look forward to being a part of that," he said.

Pollio's reappointment comes as school superintendents throughout the country, including at some of the largest districts in the U.S., have opted to leave their positions during recent academic years roiled by the COVID-19 pandemic and debates over equity and how to teach about race, according to a Washington Post report.

Pollio said he discussed continuing as superintendent with his family and contemplated the decision on his own.

"Being a superintendent anywhere is extremely challenging," he said. "I think when you see the turnover nationally, you can see that it's tough. I mean it is really, really tough."

Asked whether he would seek a pay raise in upcoming contract talks, Pollio said he was unsure and that he was "compensated well" under the terms of his current agreement.

"It's really not, for me, about compensation," he said.

In fact, Pollio said he would not be represented by an attorney in his second round of contract negotiations with the school board after using one for his first agreement.

"The main thing for me is I don't feel like we have gotten everything accomplished that I want to get accomplished," he said. "A lot of that's a result of COVID, but we have some big things that we want to deal with with the district and see major successes, so I want to get those accomplished to in my time here."

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