FOWLER, Ind. (WLFI) - The Benton Community School Board hosted a public meeting on Monday regarding the contract for the new superintendent. Interim Superintendent Gregg Hoover retired after last school year.
Dozens of teachers showed up for the meeting. The teachers all wore masks saying "Fair Contract Now." They are fighting for a referendum passed in the spring primary to stay at 31 cents. The board made it clear they were only taking public comment about the contract at the meeting.
The base salary for the new superintendent is overall lower than that of Hoover's. Dennis Cahill is a consultant with Administrator Assistance. He was hired by the district to help them with the contract.
He said there are several legal steps that need to happen to employ a new superintendent.
"You must publish the financial pieces of a contract in a local newspaper and the school board's website," he said. "And then you must have a public hearing on that contract no sooner than 10 days after it was posted."
Tuesday's meeting was held 12 days after BCSC posted the contract information. Cahill said having public meetings forces school districts around the state to remain transparent about where dollars are going.
"A number of years back, there were some superintendents in the Indianapolis area that had extravagant contracts," he said. "The state legislature decided that they need to do something basically so that you wouldn't have a situation where you have a superintendent with an excessive contract and you haven't had a public hearing about it."
Several questions were asked that did not pertain to the contract, such as if the new superintendent will be relocating to Benton County. The board said they couldn't answer those questions.
The school board says they have a candidate to fill the roll, but are not sharing that name yet. They will officially vote on the contract and the candidate on November 19th.