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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • TC board approves $210,000 contract for new superintendent

  • It includes base salary of $183,000, $12,000 housing allowance

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  • Taft College trustees approved a three-year contract for the community college district’s new superintendent/president.
    Under terms of the agreement, Dr. Dena Maloney will receive a compensation package valued at $210,000 a year.
    She will receive a base salary of $183,371 per year that includes a doctoral stipend plus $12,000 housing allowance, $7,200 vehicle allowance, $2,400 technology allowance and a $10,000 annual annuity payable on July 1, 2016.
    Dr. Maloney currently serves as assistant superintendent/vice president of the Canyon Country campus for the Santa Clarita Community College District.
    She also serves as vice president of economic development for the district.
    Her start date is May 1, but she plans to attend the April 12 board meeting, according to Dr. Richard (Dick) Giese, who has been serving as interim superintendent/president.
    Dr. Maloney replaces Willy Duncan, who left last spring to become superintendent/president of the Sierra Community College District in Rocklin, northeast of Sacramento.
    She earned her bachelor’s degree at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, her master’s in government from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and her doctorate in organizational leadership from LaVerne University.
    Grant rejected
    An addendum to a memorandum of understanding with two other community colleges for implementing a $1.275 million workforce development grant was rejected by the board after TC officials decided to reject the grant.
    Patti Bench, interim vice president of instruction, told the board the grant designed to support career technical education duplicates what the college is doing with other federal grants.
    “We feel that it is not in the best interest of Taft College to be a part of this grant,” she told the board.  
    “They want us to do the same thing we are doing with the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) grant, but we are ahead of them in what we are already doing.  We just decided this is not a good fit for us.”
    TC already has implemented a five-year, $6 million federal grant to improve training in the sciences and a separate five-year, $4.35 million grant for computer engineering and energy development.
    The bulk of the grant money is for salaries.
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