The East Allen County Schools board plans to announce its new superintendent next week after a public hearing on the new leader’s salary.
Thirteen candidates submitted applications to the board to fill the superintendent position vacated by Karyle Green, who left the district March 1 in a mutual agreement with the board.
The hearing is slated for Tuesday, and the board’s legal counsel advised that the candidate announcement should be made shortly after the hearing. Board President Neil Reynolds said the announcement will be made first to the district’s central office staff and then to the public, likely the following morning.
All but one application came from within the state. The board invited six candidates to participate in further interviews. At that time, one applicant withdrew, Reynolds said.
The board has been in discussions with five candidates but would like to offer the job to one in particular, Reynolds said. The board is not releasing names of the finalists.
In a legal ad placed this month, the board announced that a public hearing will be conducted on the new leader’s salary Tuesday. According to the announcement, the new superintendent would make less over time than was offered to Green.
Reynolds said the candidate has a similar level of experience as Green, who was a principal in South Bend and had previously worked in central office administrative positions before coming to East Allen.
Before Green’s arrival, the EACS board approved a three-year contract with a salary of $140,000 her first year, $143,500 her second year and $147,805 her third. She also received a $900-a-month car allowance and payments into a retirement account that equals 2 percent of her monthly salary.
The new leader would also start with a base salary of $140,000 in the first year, $143,000 in the second year and $146,000 in the third, dependent on acceptable performance as determined by the board, according to the announcement.
The contract also provides $5,000 in annuity, a $10,800-a-year transportation allowance and a $714-a-year phone allowance along with a standard administrative benefit package.