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MCS holding superintendent contract hearing

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@wabashplaindealer.com

Manchester Community Schools is holding a public hearing to consider the proposed contract for superintendent of the school corporation next week.

The proposed 3-year contract suggests the next superintendent serve from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. The contract can be automatically extended by one year if given notice by Jan. 1, the legal notice states.

The proposed pay for Manchester’s superintendent is $115,000 in a 260-day contract year, including a salary increase of up to 2 percent per year based on performance evaluations conducted by the school board, 25 vacation days, 10 sick days, three personal days, and bereavement leave. Benefits also include health insurance, a 401(a) contribution, life, vision and dental insurance, as well as a district-paid cell phone and laptop for business use.

The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Schools Administration Office, located at 404 W. Ninth St. The public hearing will allow residents to weigh in on the proposed contract for the future superintendent. 

Currently filling in as interim superintendent is Russ Mikel, who came in after former Interim Superintendent Mike Pettibone stepped down in December.

Board President Ruth Ayers did not respond with an update on the superintendent search when the Plain Dealer reached out via email Wednesday.

In previous board meetings, Pettibone and members of the board discussed the possibility of a public interview process for candidates along with criteria for a potential superintendent. Items like visibility in the community, ambition, respect for others, someone approachable that seeks input and is transparent, locally engaged, and ability to attract and retain students and staff were discussed.