By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Mid-Del Schools Superintendent Rick Cobb will receive a pay raise.
The school board last week approved a $15,000 salary boost and increase in benefits for Cobb who has led the district since 2015.
Under the new agreement, Cobb’s base salary will increase by $15,000 to $200,551.14 annually. The board also added an annuity of 5% of the base pay, and a $15,000 annual vehicle allowance.
Cobb thanked the board for their support and the opportunity to lead the district.
“I am very appreciative of the continuing faith the school board places in me to serve as leader of this school district,” Cobb said. “The changes to my contract reflect significant work behind the scenes by board members, particularly the president, Dr. [Silvya] Kirk, to review the contracts of superintendents in comparable school districts in the state.”
Kirk said the board has been pleased with Cobb’s performance, especially in passage of the recent bond issue.
“We, as a board, realize that Dr. Cobb’s total compensation package was below that of other superintendents in Oklahoma comparable to Mid-Del,” Kirk said. “Additionally, we could not minimize his tireless efforts in the passing of the almost $500,000,000 bond, as well as his success in getting previous bonds passed. Notwithstanding, we are pleased with Dr. Cobb’s performance.”
Cobb said he appreciates the support from the Mid-Del community.
“I love being in a community that values public education, as can be seen in the game-changing bond election from last month,” he said. “I also love working for a board that values the work of its educators, from the classroom to the superintendent’s office.”
The school board approved changes to Cobb’s contract following an executive session at the Nov. 13 meeting.
Cobb’s contract runs through June 30, 2026. The changes are retroactive to July 1.