The top manager of the Learning Community got a pay raise Thursday night.
Members of the Learning Community Coordinating Council voted 11-0 to give Chief Executive Officer Ted Stilwill a 3.5 percent raise.
Council Chairwoman Lorraine Chang said Stilwill's work the past year was “exemplary, outstanding.” Chang described the raise as a cost-of-living increase.
The raise, effective retroactively to March 15, increases his annual salary to $124,976.
Council members approved the pay hike after meeting in closed session to discuss Stilwill's performance.
“We're really pleased to have you as our CEO,” Chang said after the session.
Stilwill said he appreciated the opportunity to manage the education cooperative.
“This is a very good place to have impact in the world of education,” he said.
Council members also amended his contract to set performance goals. He could be awarded a bonus of up to 5 percent next year if the goals are met.
The goals include developing a way to better allocate program funding to serve children in need and making continued progress on the setup and operation of elementary learning centers in north and South Omaha.
Another goal is to develop plans for making use of new legislative authority to launch early-childhood programs.
The council also called on him to show that Learning Community programs are helping disadvantaged children.
State lawmakers created the Learning Community in 2007 to develop and administer programs to improve academic achievement for disadvantaged public school students in Douglas, Sarpy and part of Washington Counties.
The entity administers a system of open-enrollment transfers and pays for a variety of before- and after-school programs. It officially started operation in 2009.
Stilwill, who has run the 11-district cooperative since 2011, is a former director of the Iowa Department of Education.
He worked nearly 17 years in the Council Bluffs Community Schools, where he served as an assistant principal, a principal and an administrator.