BCSC to hold public hearing on proposed superintendent’s contract

Details on the proposed contract for the new Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. superintendent have been released.

BCSC board members will “discuss and hear public comments including objections and support for the proposed contract between the board and the candidate for superintendent” at a meeting later this month, according to a BCSC legal notice.

The public meeting will be at 5 p.m. April 15 in the Terrace Room at the BCSC administration building.

Current BCSC Superintendent Jim Roberts is retiring to take a new position as vice president of the Community Education Coalition. Roberts has served as superintendent for the last eight years.

The proposed contract begins July 1, ends June 30, 2027 and has an annual salary of $204,671 with potential for an increase beginning July 1, 2025, according to a summary of the proposed contract details. The contract is automatically extended under Indiana law once the term is up, unless notice is given.

The new superintendent will receive 20 paid vacation days, 14 days for personal and/or family illness, and four personal leave days annually. Terms also include participation in BCSC’s medical, dental and vision insurance plans on the same terms and conditions as other BCSC employees and an annual contribution of $30,000 to a BCSC employer sponsored retirement plan.

Contributions to the Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund that would otherwise be required to be paid by the superintendent will be paid for by BCSC and the superintendent will be reimbursed for appropriate business and professional expenses incurred on BCSC’s behalf. That would include cost of membership and participation in professional associations of school leaders, community organizations, and expenses related to the superintendent’s attendance at preapproved conferences and activities.

The incoming superintendent will get benefits available to other salaried administrative personnel and will be subject to provisions regarding evaluation and termination processes consistent with applicable law.

Roberts began in 2016 at a salary of $170,000 and currently has the same salary as the incoming superintendent.

The board expects to take final action on the proposed superintendent contract and candidate at the public meeting on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room at the BCSC Administration building.