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Board approves Brown Co. superintendent pay

Posted: 3:25 PM, May 31, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-01 10:28:12-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Brown County Board of School Trustees voted Tuesday night to approve a compensation package for its new superintendent Dr. Laura Hammack.

The vote was approved, 4-0, with one member unable to attend the meeting.

Hammack, previously assistant superintendent at Beech Grove City Schools, is taking over for David Shaffer who is retiring from the district.

The law states school districts have to publicize the financial implications of a superintendent’s contract, as well as hold a public hearing before the school board can sign off on it.

The legislature passed the law, which took effect in 2012, in direct response to Call 6 Investigates Kara Kenney’s stories into former MSD Wayne Township superintendent Terry Thompson’s million dollar retirement package.

Brown County held a public hearing on May 23, where a small crowd gathered to ask questions about Hammack’s contract.

Earlier this month, Brown County taxpayers approved a property tax referendum to maintain current staffing levels and programming.

Here’s a summary of Dr. Hammack’s proposed contract:

• BASE SALARY: $125,000 annual base salary
• PERFORMANCE PAY: Up to $20,000 raise and one-time performance pay stipend if the superintendent is evaluated as highly effective or effective
• CONTRACT TERM: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021
• SICK DAYS: Transfer 152 sick days from previous employment, 78 days put in sick leave bank
• HEALTH, VISION and DENTAL:  $16,007.47 in premiums
• TERM LIFE INSURANCE:  District to pay $390 a year in premium for $25,000 policy
• LONG TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE: District to pay $350 a year for benefits
• ISTRF CONTRIBUTION:  Board to make contribution to Indiana State Teacher’s Retirement Fund
• ANNUITY:  Corporation pays additional salary amount of $20,000
• TRAVEL:  Board will reimburse for mileage associated with business travel
• CELLULAR PHONE:  $1,080
• BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPENSES: Board will pay for membership and participating in associations, conferences, activities

You can read the full proposed contract by clicking here

When David Shaffer became superintendent in 2007, his base salary was $99,500, according to the contract posted on the school district’s website.

He currently makes $139,000 a year plus benefits, records show .