Region 16 board gives superintendent good grade, raise

Region 16 Superintendent of Schools Michael Yamin reads Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Sneetches and Other Stories’ to second-grade students at Laurel Ledge Elementary School in Beacon Falls in 2016. –FILE PHOTO

PROSPECT — Region 16 Superintendent of Schools Michael Yamin received a glowing performance evaluation from the Board of Education to go along with a raise.

The school board evaluated Yamin during an executive session at its May 22 meeting. In a subsequent phone interview, Vice Chair Priscilla Cretella said board members felt Yamin is doing an excellent job.

“We’re very pleased with his performance,” Cretella said.

Although Yamin asked the board to keep his salary at its present level, Cretella said board members felt he deserved a raise and awarded him a 2 percent salary increase for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

The raise increases his annual salary to about $189,600, starting July 1.

The board also approved an additional $3,000 that Yamin will put toward an annuity plan, bringing the total to $9,000 in the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Cretella said Yamin is a well-rounded superintendent. She praised him for helping to secure better rates on various contractual services, ensuring the district’s facilities are in good shape, working well with the community, and being visible in the schools.

“He’s in every school, every week,” she said, adding the students know Yamin by name.

Cretella said student achievement and academics have improved under Yamin’s watch.

Results from last spring’s Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests showed Region 16 students in grades three to eight made gains overall in math and English language arts.

“The main thing is that the academics are at a higher level than they were two years ago,” she said.

The school board hired Yamin as superintendent in 2014. He spent the bulk of his educational career in the Waterbury public school system before coming to Region 16, which is comprised of Beacon Falls and Prospect. He was the director of special services and pupil personnel in Waterbury, and also spent five years as principal of Kennedy High School in Waterbury.

Yamin’s current contract with the region runs through June 30, 2021.

Yamin thanked the teachers, staff, students and board members for their support and work.

“I’m thrilled,” he said about the positive evaluation. “I think it’s an honor and a pleasure to be working in Region 16, and I really appreciate it.”