New contract, salary approved for Superintendent of Fort Smith Public School
The Fort Smith Public Schools Board of Education voted to extend Dr. Terry Morawski’s contract as superintendent for two years at a board meeting called Monday, March 28. The contract also sets his salary at nearly $250,000 a year.
Morwaski’s original contract was approved on November 30, 2020. This contract was from December 31, 2020 to June 2023. The new contract will continue during this period until June 30, 2025. The contract sets the compensation at $246,445.61 per year, which “constitutes an increase equal to the consumer price index for all urban consumers in the South, as calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor for the 12-month period published in February 2022.”
“I will quickly say that it was a very complimentary session for Dr. Morawski, and we are all very happy,” school board chair Susan McFerran said of Morawski’s examination, which took place. during an executive session.
Morawski was a candidate for superintendent of Rogers Public Schools earlier this year, according to Ashley Siwiec, director of RPS communications. He was not one of the three finalists named on March 1. Morawski applied for the position of superintendent with Rogers Public Schools after receiving an invitation from the research firm to apply, said Zena Featherston Marshall, executive director of communications and community partnerships for FSPS.
“In the invitation, the company said Morawski’s name was brought up as part of the community input process to select its new superintendent,” she said.
Marshall said Morawski did not apply for any other jobs while he was superintendent of Fort Smith.
Morawski replaced former superintendent, Dr. Doug Brubaker, who resigned in 2020 to serve as superintendent of the Texarkana, Texas, Independent School District. At the time, Morawski was deputy district superintendent, a position he had held since 2018. He has worked in public education for more than 20 years.
During that time, he held a variety of positions, including deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent, operations manager and director, according to Zena Featherston Marshall, FSPS’s executive director of communications and community partnerships. He holds a Ph.D. in K-12 Education in Instructional Leadership from Dallas Baptist University.
In 2019, he obtained a Level 1 certification as a curriculum auditor. He also completed the National Aspiring Superintendent’s Academy through the American Association of School Administrators in February 2020.