School board OKs raise for superintendent

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Associate Editor

The six-figure salary of Tucumcari Schools Superintendent Aaron McKinney inched up a little higher Monday night.

The majority of Tucumcari School Board members approved a $4,000 increase, raising McKinney’s salary to $104,000 and extending his contract through the 2009-2010 school year.

School board members have said in the past they wanted to increase McKinney’s salary and they wanted him to oversee the new construction and renovation of the high school since he has been responsible for securing much of the project’s funding.

School board member Doug Powers abstained from the vote and board member Marty Garcia voted no. Voting in favor of McKinney’s raise were A.J. Mitchell, Carlos Romero and Joe Barnett.

Powers said he would have liked to have seen a proposed contract in advance information that board members routinely receive prior to each meeting.

The item came up for a vote following a discussion in a closed executive session.

In other matters before the board:

l A proposed $9.4 million budget for