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School board increases superintendent’s salary

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MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD trustees voted Feb. 13 to give Superintendent Don Layton a 5% raise. The school board voted to extend Layton’s contract in January.
Layton, hired in May 2019, started with a $115,000 per year salary, according to his initial contract, which is posted on the MISD website. That contract now runs through June 30, 2023.
The school district is also remodeling its Learning Center on Jackson Street, across from the Old Rock Building at Malakoff Elementary School. The Learning Center formerly housed the Malakoff Masonic Lodge. At a Feb. 3 special meeting, the school board hired Gallagher Construction Management to oversee the project.
Layton told trustees that Claycomb Associates Architects, which has been hired to do a districtwide facilities evaluation, has suggested MISD form a facilities committee, which the superintendent said he plans to do. The school could consider calling a construction-related bond election to deal with increased enrollment, which now stands at more than 1,400 students, an all-time high.
In other business, the school board adopted a resolution for an annual state grant that supplements the district police chief’s salary. Trustees also voted to adopt policies in relation to the federal government’s E-rate program, which gives schools and libraries technology-related discounts, including for internet service.