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West chief gets 1-year contract extension

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By Mercy Lopez

Gene Parson can breathe a sigh of relief. After a marathon executive session on Saturday, the West Las Vegas School board voted unanimously to extend his contract as superintendent.

The board agreed to award an additional one-year contract to Parson. The move means he will lead the district at least until the end of the 2013-14 school year.

“I am very grateful,” Parson told the board after the vote. “Thank you for continuing to have the confidence in me to be able to continue leading the district in a positive way.”

Board member David Romero said negotiations on such issues as Parson’s salary would take place during the board’s next meeting. Romero’s comments were the only ones made by board members after a five-hour executive session.

“Being a graduate of this institution gives me that added flair to continue working hard for the district,” Parson said. “Thank you for making me a member of your team.”

Parson, a 1977 West Las Vegas High School graduate, started his educational field career in 1983. He has roughly two decades in school administration.

In mid-September, the board contracted with Parson to fulfill the superintendent’s duties until June 30. Parson took over as superintendent after the abrupt resignation of Ruben Cordova in October.

The board had evaluated Parson during previous board meetings. His next   evaluation is set for June.

Parson previously served as the district’s associate superintendent since the summer of 2011. Prior to being appointed as associate superintendent by Cordova, Parson served as West Las Vegas High School principal for more than a decade.