NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Embattled Benton Community Schools Superintendent Destin Haas has a new job.
The North Newton School Board voted Thursday night to make him the district's next superintendent in front of a full room of spectators, including many Benton County supporters who made the drive.
It has quite the eventful week for Haas.
The Benton school board voted Tuesday night to change his contract, giving him a $25,000 payout if he leaves before the end of the month.
North Newton had been searching for a new superintendent since previous superintendent Brian Smith was hired by a larger corporation in Lake County this summer.
"We're excited about getting Destin Haas as our superintendent here at North Newton," said Nate Gibson, North Newton School Board President. "Mr. Haas rose to the top of the pool and we're excited about the future."
Haas told News 18 he applied more than two months ago in August.
After the unanimous vote Thursday, he passed out a plan for the first 37 days he will be on the job, bringing him up to winter break.
"I'm very excited to start my job here October 28th at North Newton," said Haas. "I'm ready to get my feet going."
Gibson tells News 18 the board is aware of each of the controversial issues at Benton Schools and it was satisfied with its investigation into those issues. Haas also declined comment related to the specifics of those issues.
The North Newton contract pays Haas $101,000 and his health insurance. It will also reimburse him for mileage as he plans to remain living in Benton County. The contract expires June 30, 2016, but Gibson says if everything goes well, he expects to extend it.
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