Mt. Lebanon school directors exalted district superintendent Tim Steinhauer Monday night before signing off on his 4 percent raise for the 2012-13 school year.
The move boosted Mr. Steinhauer's salary to $157,477.
Though the praise was resounding, the vote was not unanimous. School Director Scott Goldman was the lone nay, citing the district's financial state. He said he would vote against this raise, as he had against custodial and maintenance employee and teacher salary increases, approved by the board in June and August, respectively.
"Whether or not you're for or against the high school [renovation] project, he's done a great job," he said, calling Mr. Steinhauer a "great mentor."
That said, he added, "I don't know that the district in is a financial setting to approve that raise."
Board Vice President Elaine Cappucci called Mr. Steinhauer a visionary leader who has "set the bar high." She noted achievements such as administrative reorganization, the redesign and restart of the high school renovation project, the recent USDA award for district elementary schools and other programs and accolades during his tenure.
Mr. Steinhauer's goals for next year will be available on the district website.
Other school directors chimed in with similar commendation.
"I think we need to be forward-looking and support our leader," said school Director Lawrence Lebowitz.
Ms. Cappucci presided over the meeting in Josephine Posti's absence. Ms. Posti participated by phone and also lauded the superintendent.
Mr. Steinhauer said he was humbled by the board's support.
During public comment period, resident Ann Becker thanked the board for its community coffee series. School directors met with residents for informal meetings Sept. 18 and Oct. 3 and 4.
"It was nice to sit with you over a cup of coffee and talk like the neighbors we actually are," Ms. Becker said.
Molly Born: email@example.com or 412-263-1944.