Board approves $148K superintendent contract

INDIANAPOLIS - The Metropolitan School District of Martinsville school board has approved a contract for its new superintendent, Dr. Michele Moore.

Moore will have a base salary of $120,000 and a total compensation package of approximately $148,000 a year.

Moore will be eligible for a bonus stipend of $4,500 for each school year she receives an evaluation rating of highly effective or effective.

Moore's base salary would bring her to approximately the 90th highest paid superintendent in the state, according to base salary figures provided by the Indiana Department of Education.

By law, school districts are now required to hold public hearings on superintendent contracts after Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney exposed the former Wayne Township superintendent's $1 million retirement payout.

The law, called public law 148-2012, impacts every school district in the state and also requires districts to publish that public hearing on their website and in the newspaper.

By law, contracts must now also disclose the full financial implications including salary, car allowance, insurance benefits, etc.

The Martinsville school district held a public hearing on Moore's contract on May 8.

The board approved the contract at its meeting on May 15.

Other benefits include annual benefits for health, dental and long term disability insurance.

The school corporation will also pay Moore's annual Teacher Retirement Fund contribution, which is equivalent to $12,600.   

The board also agreed to pay up to $1,200 per year toward Moore's cellphone, $3,300 for mileage reimbursement and $3,400 for conferences and professional organization membership fees.

Moore's contract takes effect July 1 and ends on June 30, 2017.

The law requires school districts to post superintendent contracts online, but MSD Martinsville spokeswoman Donna Petraits said Moore's contract is not yet posted online because it does not take effect until July 1.

Moore has been serving as interim director for CIESC, the Central Indiana Educational Service Center.

Moore holds a doctorate from Indiana University in Educational Leadership and Curriculum.

Click here to read Moore's letter to the community.

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