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Local Education

July 10, 2014

South Madison school board praises Superintendent Buck’s leadership

PENDLETON, Ind. — The only comments at a public hearing Thursday on the proposed new three-year contract for South Madison Community Schools Superintendent Joe Buck were positive, and those came from members of the board of trustees.

Under the proposal, Buck’s compensation package will be $156,353, just 2.6 percent higher than it is now, and his base salary of $115,326 will not change, said board President Chris Boots.

“I’ve never had an employee who’s refused raises the way he has, which speaks to his leadership,” Boots said. “We insisted that he take a pay raise this year, but he only agreed to more money going to his retirement account.”

Buck has been “adamant” that administrators, teachers and support staff “ should be taken care of first,” Boots added.

“I just know this pains Joe,” said school board member Bill Hutton, “but this is way past an appropriate time for this.”

Those sentiments were echoed by other board members, and Boots said the value of Buck’s leadership shows up in school grades from the state, a high school graduation rate of 93.5 percent according to the latest figures, and a cooperative, team approach to education South Madison Students.

In addition to his base salary Buck will receive:

• A $500 business expense allowance.

• $26,662 in group health, dental and vision insurance.

• $598.28 for long-term disability insurance.

• $486 for group life insurance with a death benefit of $300,000.

• $4,273 contribution to the Indiana state teachers retirement fund.

• An $8,547 contribution to a 401(a) retirement fund.

Buck will also receive 10 paid personal or family illness days and five personal business days.

He was named superintendent in September 2011 after the retirement of former superintendent Thomas Warmke. Before that he was South Madison’s chief financial officer and associate superintendent.

The school board will vote on the proposed contract at its next meeting on July 24.

In other news, Assistant Superintendent Sandra Hudson gave the results of IREAD-3 summer re-tests.

She said the overall passing rate now stands at 97.05 percent for the district’s three elementary schools.

Hudson said 30 students did not pass the test in the spring; however, 20 additional students successfully completed the exam on a second try.

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