Superintendent's contract extended a year 

Say what you will about the leadership and administration at San Francisco Unified School District.

The seven school board members, though, feel they are finally moving in the right direction with Superintendent Carlos Garcia. To show their appreciation for the work he’s done to bring up test scores and close the achievement gap, in a closed session review Oct. 7, the board unanimously approved a one-year extension to his contract, which was set to expire in 2012.

Garcia was hired by the board in 2007 for an initial three-year contract with a base pay of $255,000 plus benefits.

Board Vice President Hydra Mendoza said a raise was never even considered given the budget climate, but they did want to keep him on for longer.

“We didn’t think it was something he would even ask for,” she said of a raise. “It was never on the table.”

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