The East Allen County School Board discussed the superintendent’s contract at its Nov. 23 meeting. The contract is one of the last to be reviewed at recent meetings.

EACS Superintendent Marilyn Hissong has been in that office since 2017; by law, her contract must be reviewed every five years. The agreement was posted as a notice for a public hearing in the Journal Gazette on Nov. 9.

At this special meeting, the public was invited to meet to state their opinions and hear the board discuss the contract.

Here are some highlights:

  • The contract will run from July 1, 2021, until June 30, 2024. The superintendent’s term of employment may be extended in one-year increments up to five times.
  • If accepted by the board, the base salary will be $174,000 a year, increasing on July 1 of each succeeding year
  • by $7,000.
  • An annual performance bonus of $10,000 is available but will be determined at the discretion of the board.
  • $15,000 per year will be contributed to a 401(a) account.
  • The superintendent’s cell phone allowance will be $660 per year.
  • A transportation allowance of $10,800 annually will be provided.

No public comment was given at this meeting. The contract was a discussion item, so the board did not vote on it at this meeting.

Board member Ron Turpin commented on the proposed contract. He said he was able to compare this contract to 10 other districts of similar size.

“I always think in salary planning, you should never be at the low end or the high end,” Turpin said. “You want to be very competitive. Actually, at our superintendent’s pay, we are not super competitive. We are under market considerably.”

With this new contract, Turpin feels that it puts the district at a competitive salary range.

“It’s warranted for the size of the district, the tenure of the occupant and the work that person is doing,” Turpin said. “I am very confident in this package with that in mind.”

Board Vice President Tim Hines agreed with Turpin.

“I think what is proposed here is valid and can be justified very easily,” Hines said.

With the number of schools under the superintendent’s watch, board member Steve Screeton agreed that this package is fair, especially when compared with other districts that only have one high school compared with the five in EACS.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place Dec. 7. The official Bboard schedule lists the time as 12:30 p.m. at East Allen Career Center, but with the pandemic, that could change. In the days leading up to the meeting, those interested in attending or watching via Zoom should check the school website, eacs.k12.in.us.

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