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New South Harrison superintendent to be named


April 09, 2014 | 08:43 AM

A new superintendent for the South Harrison Community School Corp. is expected to be named tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the Edmund (Ed) F. Schneider Administrative Center.

Dr. Neyland Clark, the current superintendent, announced last July that he would step down from a position he has held since 1996, marking 18 years with the corporation and 30 as superintendent.

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Board members have been tight-lipped regarding candidates or who the new hire may be. But, at last week's April school board meeting, details for the new superintendent's contract were announced during a public hearing on the matter.

The contract is effective beginning July 1 of this year and runs through June 30, 2017, with the superintendent working 261 days during each school year and a proportionate number of work days in any partial school year of employment.

The superintendent, who will be paid a basic salary of $109,000 each year, will have 15 paid vacation days within the 261 days and receive 10 sick leave days.

The contract says the candidate "has accumulated sick leave days from his previous employer" and will be entitled to transferring 20 unused sick days.

South Harrison will contribute $12,000 annually into an annuity plan for the candidate.

The contract states that the new superintendent is reviewed at least once each school year.

"If the superintendent is evaluated as either highly effective or effective, then the Board may in its discretion grant the superintendent a compensation increase," the contract says.

The superintendent will receive reimbursement for business and professional expenses that are pre-approved by the board (such as mileage and membership and participation in state and national professional associations of educational administrators), and he is permitted to attend, without board approval, the joint conference, annual conference and the one-day conference held by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.

In another matter at last Tuesday's meeting, the board had its first reading of continuing a policy regarding the possession of firearms and weapons by visitors. Clark noted that new Indiana law passed last month allows for people to possess firearms as long as they are locked in their vehicles; South Harrison's policy, however, prohibits that practice.

The measure, supported by the National Rifle Association, cleared the Senate on a 38-10 vote. The House followed suit, voting 75-24 and sending the measure to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration. Pence signed the bill two weeks ago.

No action was required by the board since it was the first reading.

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