Samaniego, Soto awarded new contracts, pay raise

DUSD Superintendent Ana Samaniego and assistant superintendent Fernando Nunez.

DUSD Superintendent Ana Samaniego and business manager Cesar Soto were each awarded new contracts as well as a 4-percent pay raise during a recent meeting of the Douglas school board.

When Samaniego was initially hired in 2018, she was given a two-year contract and offered a salary of $110,000 per year, not including benefits.

During her annual evaluation in 2019, she was awarded a new two-year contract and had her salary increased 4.5 percent to $115,900, not including benefits.

At a May 5 special board meeting, Samaniego had her annual evaluation behind closed doors in executive session. When the board returned to open session, it unanimously approved a new, three-year contract plus a 4-percent bump to $120,537. Approximately $11,843 in benefits brings her annual compensation to $132,380, or about $2,546 per week.

Soto, meanwhile, was awarded a new one-year contract. His base pay went from $87,360 to about $90,854. With benefits, his annual compensation will be $102,759, or about $1,976 per week.

“Both of those contracts reflect a four-percent increase that was given to all the administrators,” board president Ray Borane said at the meeting.

“I want to thank (the board) for approving my next three years,” Samaniego said. “It’s been a pleasure being the superintendent with its many challenges. It also brings many successes and I really enjoy what I do. I love working for DUSD.”

Borane thanked Samaniego for her service during these “trying times” adding “even when it’s normal, you do an outstanding job for the district and we appreciate that very much.”

At a May 12 special board meeting it was announced that Fernando Nunez, the assistant superintendent for DUSD, would resign effective June 30 so that he may relocate to another job at a Phoenix school district.

Nunez, a 1994 DHS graduate, returned to Douglas in 2018 after having served the three previous years as director of multilingual pathways in the San Francisco Unified School District in San Francisco, CA.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Douglas as the assistant superintendent,” Nunez told the board. “It was good to be home. I learned so much from you all. You made me a better administrator and a better person. I do have to say that though I have had experiences in many other places, Douglas Unified has some of the most talented people and a group of professionals I have ever worked with. I do mean that sincerely. It’s been my honor to serve the students, staff and the community of Douglas in this capacity.”

Samaniego said, “He’s been my right hand. He brought a lot of knowledge and skills to us from his other areas of work. We’re going to miss him deeply. We wish him well.”

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