The Herald Bulletin

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Local Education

July 1, 2014

Frankton-Lapel school board considers new superintendent contract

LAPEL — The Frankton-Lapel Community Schools board of trustees is meeting in special session Wednesday to discuss and take public testimony on a new contract with Superintendent Bobby Fields.

Fields has led the school district since 2008. Before that he was assistant superintendent.

Under the proposed three-year contract, Fields would be paid $120,270 annually.

In addition, the district would contribute $6,614 in retirement benefits, $16,582 in health, dental and vision insurance; $570 for long-term disability and life insurance; contribute $2,000 annually to a health savings account; and provide Fields with $9,260 in mileage and gasoline reimbursement.

Under Indiana law, a public hearing is required before a school board can vote on a superintendent's contract.

At the close of the 2013-2014 school year in May, Fields said test scores, attendance and graduation rates at Lapel high School and Frankton Jr./Sr. High School all increased.

In addition, 42 percent of the district's high school students earned academic honors diplomas, and 93.4 percent of third-graders passed the important IREAD-3 test in the first try.

In the 2014-2015 school year, Fields plans to move the starting time of district classes back one-half hour.

That will allow students to get a little more sleep but also trim transportation costs because there will no longer be separate bus runs for the elementary and high schools, he said.

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Public hearing

What: Frankton-Lapel Community Schools board to discuss proposed new superintendent contract.

Where: Frankton-Lapel administration building, 7916 W. 300N, Anderson.

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2.

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