TCAPS Board extends superintendent's contract by 3 years with pay raise

The board was considering whether of not to end Soma's contract, which expires on June 30th.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Traverse City Area Public Schools Superintendent Paul Soma will get to keep his job.

At a meeting Monday night, board members unanimously voted to extend his contract.

The meeting lasted nearly six hours. The board voted to do Soma's evaluation publicly, deeming him efficient as superintendent in 2017.

By the end of the meeting, the board had voted to extend Soma's contract three more years with salary increases each year. His salary would be $158 thousand the first year, and it goes up from there.

Soma has yet to accept the offer, but we're told he will likely make a decision this week.

An investigation was done on Soma last fall, after the Traverse City Administrators Association accused him of harassment and intimidation.

In January, Soma was cleared of any wrongdoing.

But on Monday, another investigation was launched because of new harassment claims against him, this time involving gender.

Interviews are being done Tuesday and Wednesday. We're told the investigation is still in the very early stages.

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