Canyons superintendent gets raise
After four years on the job and in the wake of an online campaign to investigate his management tactics Canyons School District Superintendent David Doty received a raise on Tuesday evening.
The Canyons Board of Education approved the raise for Doty, whose base salary will be increased from $175,000 to $185,0000. He also received a $25,000 one-time bonus, because he received no raises during the first four years of his contract.
The contract includes potential for Doty to earn a 10 percent bonus based on certain criteria related to the district's budgeting and financial goals; capital facility management and academic achievement results.
Doty must increase the number of graduates earning advanced and honors diplomas in the district by 3 percent each year and the district's ACT scores must also improve for Doty to earn a bonus. He has also been asked to meet certain fundraising goals for the Canyons Foundation.
Even with the raise, Doty's pay is below peers in the Alpine, Granite and Jordan school districts.
The raise comes as some parents in the district have questioned Doty's performance through an online petition signed by hundreds.
Chad Iverson, who is running for Canyons Board of Education, in April called for an independent investigation of misconduct allegations against Doty. Iverson claimed former district employees complained that Doty uses bullying and intimidation to maintain control.
"These are just allegations, and I really hope they are not true," Iverson said at the time. "If they are true, it's really concerning that we have the leader of 33,000 children using bullying and intimidation tactics."
Doty said in April in response to the online petition that he is prohibited by district policy from commenting on specific personnel issues, including those that involve him. Doty said the district only which just finished its third academic year has always been divided on some issues, including the vote that created Canyons after it split from the Jordan district.
Rumblings of Doty's alleged unfair treatment of employees made its way into discussion at Tuesday's meeting, where board member Kevin Cromar prefaced his vote to approve Doty's contract with concerns about Doty's dealings with staff.
"I have serious concerns about the professional treatment of our employees. However, that by itself in my opinion doesn't warrant not renewing our superintendent's contract," Cromar said. "I look at the many accomplishments made by our superintendent, and there are many."
Board member Steve Wrigley voted against the contract.