CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Board of Education has voted 6 to 1 to extend CEO Eric Gordon's contract for three years through 2015.
The Board awarded Gordon a one-year contract in June 2011 after by-passing three out-of-district finalists selected in a national search. Gordon had previously served as the district's Chief Academic Officer from 2007 to 2011.
At the time, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Board Chair Denise Link stated that Gordon, more than any candidate in the national search, had demonstrated the academic and leadership skills needed to carry the District forward.
"We are pleased with the work Eric Gordon has done in his first year as CEO," said Link. "We are grateful for the groundwork he has laid to provide high-performing schools in every neighborhood, and we are confident he is the right leader at the right time in Cleveland."
The CEO's salary of $230,000-already $46,000 less than the predecessor according to the Board-will be cut an additional $2,700 in July. The Board says Gordon will also pay an additional 5 percent in contributions to health care.
According to the Board, the CEO's salary and benefits package during the three year contract also extends the "no frills" agreement requested by Gordon that eliminated such perks as annuity payments as well as a car and driver.