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Board Votes To Approve New Contract For Superintendent

Staff Report

Greg Linton, S-OCS SuperintendentGreg Linton, S-OCS SuperintendentA recent meeting of the Spencer-Owen School Board, held March 13 in the Mike Wells Memorial Board Room at Central Office, found the seven-member board approving a new contract for veteran S-OCS Superintendent Greg Linton, along with several personnel requests and extended medical leaves.

A $10,000 salary increase brings Linton’s annual salary to $110,008, based on 260 working days, beginning July 1, 2014 and concluding on June 30, 2015. Under the terms of the contract, the superintendent will be permitted 16 paid days leave, four weeks paid vacation, and the board shall pay all but one dollar ($1) of the cost of premiums for the superintendent and his eligible dependents’ coverage by the group health policy provided pursuant to the board’s policy establishing benefits for administrative personnel employed by the board.

Although space doesn’t permit every detail of the contract to be outlined here (a legal notice highlighting the primary details of the contract and a planned February 13th public hearing was printed in the January 31, 2013 edition of the Spencer Evening World), the school board will also make a $3,000 contribution to the superintendent’s family plan Health Savings Account established pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement between the Spencer-Owen Community School Corporation and the Spencer-Owen Education Association; pay $100 toward the purchase of a group dental insurance program; pay all the annual dues for the superintendent’s membership in all state administration associations; and make the three percent contribution to the Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund that would otherwise be required to be paid by the superintendent. All payments to the superintendent subject to federal income tax shall be included in the superintendent’s salary for purposes of the Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund.

Interestingly enough, while the superintendent is required to have a cellphone and cellphone service with both voicemail and email capacity and an Internet device, under the terms of the contract he alone is responsible for the costs of these items and services.

In other news, although no action was required, the board made note of the following resignations:

•John Collins, junior varsity baseball coach at Owen Valley High School (OVHS).

•Matt Beckwith, varsity girls’ tennis coach at OVHS.

•Adam Fox, varsity girls’ soccer coach at OVHS.

Other requests receiving board approval included:


•Kathy Wisley, kindergarten teacher at Patricksburg Elementary School.


•Intermittent Family Medical Leave for Melissa Bixler, third grade teacher at Spencer Elementary School (SES).

•Twelve-week Family Medical Leave for Linda VanArsdale, corporation bus driver.

•Twelve-week Family Medical Leave for Elbert VanArsdale, corporation bus driver.

•Intermittent Family Medical Leave for Amy Casebeer, fourth grade teacher at SES.

•Intermittent Family Medical Leave for Nickie Young, second grade teacher at SES.

•Twelve-week Family Medical Leave for Ashley Smith, custodian at OVHS.


•Stephanie Barnes, severe/moderate instructional assistant at OVHS.

•Matt Beckwith, varsity boys’ golf coach for the 2013-2014 season at OVHS.

•Brad Greene, junior varsity boys’ baseball coach for the 2013- 2014 season at OVHS.

•Matt Lowers, girls’ tennis coach for the 2013-2014 season at OVHS.


A monetary donation from the Owen County Community Foundation (OCCF) to the OVHS Air Force Junior ROTC.

Field Trip

Out-of-state, overnight field trip for the OVHS SeaPerch Team to compete in the fourth annual Sea- Perch National Challenge, May 15- 19, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


•Retirement Plan Service of Indiana Agreement.

•Interlocal Agreement for School Resource Officers (SRO), permitting off-duty law enforcement officers from the Owen County Sher- iff’s Department and Spencer Police Department to serve as SROs.


•Resolution adopting the Wabash Valley Insurance Trust Agreement.

Extended School Day

Winter weather during the past three months has caused several school delays and closures. The corporation’s last student day is currently Thursday, June 5, seniors are scheduled to graduate on Saturday, June 7, and summer school is slated to begin on Monday, June 9.

In an effort to conclude the school year prior to the high school graduation date, plans were made and approved by the school board to extend the school day by 30 minutes to make up missed days, if needed, to ensure that the last student day does not extended beyond Friday, June 6.

If school is cancelled one additional day due to inclement weather, the last student day is scheduled for Friday, June 6. One additional cancellation will not require the extension of the school day.

If inclement weather causes the cancellation of school for a second day, June 9 would have been the next make up day scheduled for students to attend school. In an effort to prevent students from attending school during the second week of June, the student day will be extended by 30 minutes each day beginning Monday, March 31 through April 15. By extending the school day by 30 minutes for 12 days, students will have satisfied the requirements of state law that requires students to attend school for six hours a day for 180 days.

Summer School

•Approved 2014 summer school courses.

•Approved addition of instructional assistant hours for third grade summer school.

The Spencer-Owen School Board will meet again on Thursday, April 10, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of Gosport Elementary School. This meeting is open to the public. Members of the board include Tom Abrell, Sonia Brinson, Kevin Cooper, Larry Hight, Brian Mauder, Rick Smeltzer and Jack White.

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