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Carlton board approves superintendent contract

The Carlton school board formally hired Donita Stepan for the position of superintendent with the approval of her contract Monday, March 20. Stepan will start on July 1 of this year, earning a salary of $134,859, which includes $10,000 for elementary principal duties at South Terrace, health insurance and other benefits. The package is an increase over the amount current superintendent John Engstrom makes.

"I took a haircut," he explained, meaning he accepted lowered salary expectations as his contribution to the necessary and painful cuts the district has been forced to make because of declin...

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