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North West Hendricks school board to hold public hearing on superintendent's contract

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Posted at 2:41 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 14:41:14-04

LIZTON — The North West Hendricks School Corporation will hold a public hearing Tuesday night regarding a contract for a new superintendent, Dr. Scott Syverson, who is currently serving as the interim superintendent.

Syverson’s existing contract expires June 30.

The proposed contract would run from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023 and says starting on July 1, Syverson would get a base salary of $150,000.

The board could give Syverson a raise (between $1 to $5,000) beginning with the 2021-22 school year if the board evaluates Syverson as effective or highly effective.

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The proposed package also includes 12 sick days, 20 vacation days, five bereavement days, three family illness days per year and 12 paid holidays.

The district will invest $22,000 into a 403(b) retirement plan, and he would also receive a $1,200 technology allowance and a $5,000 travel allowance.

Per a 2012 state law passed after Call 6 Investigates Kara Kenney exposed a superintendent payout that exceeded $1 million, school districts must now hold a public hearing before they can approve a superintendent’s contract.

The law requires the board to hear public comment on the proposed superintendent’s contract within 7 days of signing the contract.

The public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tri-West Middle School.

Click here to read Syverson's proposed contract.

Syverson took over after former NWHSC superintendent Mike Springer resigned on October 9 and reached a severance agreement with the board.

Springer received $116,631 in compensation as part of his severance, records show.

Springer stepped down because he and the school board were at odds over the handling of Tri-West High School football coach Tyler Bruce, who is now facing criminal charges of child seduction and obstruction of justice.

Coach Tyler Bruce is accused of sexual misconduct with a student and remains an employee with the district.

Bruce denies the allegations and is currently on unpaid suspension.