Paoli schools to pay superintendent more per day, despite teacher cuts
PAOLI, Ind. (WDRB) -- Some teachers are outraged about a superintendent's new paycheck in one southern Indiana community. The Paoli school board voted 5-0 to approve interim superintendent Gerald Jackson's new contract.
"This divides some of the people in the community further, I absolutely feel that way," said parent Jamey Sullivan, who supports Jackson. "He deserves to be paid a fair wage," Sullivan said. "He has over 20 years of experience as a superintendent, and was severely underpaid for coming in and helping us out of a really big bind."
Jackson came out of retirement to lead the district last year. His weekly wage will remain at $2,200, but he'll work a day less. His daily pay will go up, from $440 per day to $550 per day.
Some teachers feel it's a slap in the face.
"They're upset and they're frustrated because they feel like they made a lot of sacrifices, and those were ignored," said Veronica Hobbs, UniServ Director of the Indiana State Teachers Association.
Hobbs said five teachers in the district lost their jobs this year.
"We took a contract where (teachers) got no increase whatsoever, and we did buyouts so that teachers left at mid-semester, so we could thin the staff to get (the district) out of deficit spending," Hobbs said. "The whole point of getting them out of deficit spending was so the superintendent would not get a 25-percent increase."
"I keep hoping and praying that people get past these issues," Sullivan said. "If we can get (a new superintendent) to bring the groups of people together, and common ground for the betterment of our students, that's what I would love to see."
Jackson declined to comment, but previously said that he will leave as soon as the district hires a permanent replacement.
Right now the district is taking applications for the permanent superintendent position. The board hopes to have a pool of candidates by mid-July.
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