A clause in Mr. Dance's contract says that, except under extraordinary circumstances, he cannot be given a raise greater in percentage terms than what county teachers receive. The county's teachers have not gotten cost of living adjustments in several years, but they are slated to get a one-time bonus payment equivalent to 3 percent of their salaries. In addition, they will receive step increases of varying sizes depending on where they are on the salary scale. A district official explained at last Tuesday's meeting that the board has, in the case of past superintendents, interpreted the contract clause to make it acceptable to give a superintendent a raise equivalent to the average value of step increases, which was typically between 1.7 percent and 1.9 percent. Mr. Dance now makes $260,000, so a raise of $5,000 would meet that standard, Board President David Uhlfelder said.