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HCCSC reviews supt. contract

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

Huntington County Community School Corporation held a public hearing on Tuesday night to gather comments of support or opposition from the public over the newly proposed superintendent contract.

Only one member of the public addressed the board. Joey Tackett suggested HCCSC cut the superintendent’s salary to help increase teacher pay.

School board president Matt Roth said the proposed contract adds about $2,000 to base salary of the previous contract but removes the deferred compensation agreement reached with former superintendent Randy Harris, who resigned immediately on April 30.

According to the terms of the new contract, the annual base salary will be $135,000 with an annual teacher retirement fund contribution of $14,175, annual group health insurance premium of $17,174, annual long-term disability premium of $364.50, annual term life premium of $125.04, $2,000 of business and professional expenses and an automobile allowance.

The superintendent will be expected to work 260 days per school year and receive 20 paid vacation days annually, paid holidays, four personal days and 14 days of illness.

The contract term is three years.

Compared to nearby districts, Roth said the contract is more than smaller corporations offer, like Manchester Community Schools, but less than larger corporations, like Southwest Allen County Schools.

Roth said they offer a company vehicle due to the large geographical area HCCSC sprawls, which also affects their contract amount.

“When you look at the size of our corporation, just geographically and the number of buildings and employees – certainly we would like to pay more and pay teachers more, but we felt this was competitive enough to get a good, quality candidate in here,” Roth said.

The corporation has not named a new superintendent, but Roth said the successful hearing could allow HCCSC to move forward as early as their next scheduled board meeting on May 28 at 7 p.m. in Huntington North High School’s library.

“If (a candidate) accepts these terms, then we can approve them as soon as the meeting next Tuesday, but if we had someone that wants to negotiate, we would have to have another public hearing on that contract,” Roth explained.

Roth mentioned that the compensation of all public officials is posted on their website at hccsc.k12.in.us, and he said the public will be notified anytime they deviate from the contract.

While Roth said the board offers raises based on performance, the board never gives raises for capital projects, although he gets that question often.

The one question I always get or I hear floating around is, does the superintendent get a percentage of a building project or something,” Roth said. “No, they don’t.”