BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Sunday afternoon means it's time for Destin Haas to get out to Benton Central's youth soccer fields.
Haas is superintendent of Benton Community School Corporation, but he takes on extra responsibilities by donating his time to help with projects around the district, like painting the lines on the soccer fields every Sunday.
But Haas' work at the corporation is being cut short. An amendment to his contract is up for a vote to end his employment on June 30, 2014.
His original contract ended two years later in 2016.
"I was informed in June of this year that in 2016 my contract would not be renewed," Haas said. "I am not going to get into the matters around that. But I decided right then and there that I need to start applying. I have a good opportunity with a school corporation on Monday night."
A message from News 18 to BCSC School Board President Michael Souligne was not returned. The other four members would not comment or did not return News 18's voicemails.
Haas would not go into why the board originally decided not to renew his contract after it expired in 2016. He also would not go into whether it was mutual between himself and the board to end it even earlier after he started looking for other jobs.
Haas also did not comment on whether he will stay in his position the whole year.
In the contract amendment it states Haas would get $25,000 severance pay if he left before October 31 of this year.
"We'll see what happens this week at the other school corporation, like I said it is a great opportunity for a great school corporation," Haas said. "I can't speak on that. Nothing has been offered. But I look to keep my children here for the time being and keep my family here. We don't want to move from this school community."
Haas may not know what the future holds. But he hopes his 17 year history with Benton Community Schools lives on.
"My legacy is, I feel, everyone knows I care about our kids," Haas said.
A public hearing about the amendment is set for October 8 at 1 p.m. at the district's administrative building.
Haas said he requested the afternoon meeting so he could be home with this family at night, and so a mob of people would not show up. He hopes to keep the meeting as positive as possible.
A special meeting to consider the amendment will be October 15 at 7 p.m.
More than 400 people signed a petition in support of Haas. To view that petition click here.
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