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December 11, 2012

Traverse City schools' superintendent's contract extended

Cousins stays on through the 2015 academic year

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education extended Superintendent Stephen Cousins' contract by one year after conducting his annual performance review.

Cousins contract with the district now extends through the 2015 academic year.

"His relentless commitment to driving district improvement is clear to all Board members, and deeply appreciated," a written evaluation compiled by board President Kelly Hall reads.

The evaluation praised Cousins in most areas, but it also pointed to recent events like the district's failed bond proposal and administrators' trip to China as evidence of room for improvement.

"The Board expects that the lessons learned regarding the Chinese exchange should help instill the need for constant vigilance on the district's responsibility to be completely and proactively transparent in all respects."

Cousins said he looked forward to continuing his work with TCAPS and thanked the district's staff.

"The evaluation reflects a work of a lot of people, mostly other people," Cousins said.

Cousins and board members mutually agreed not to increase the superintendent salary.

The position pays about $168,500 annually, according to salary information posted on the district's web site.

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