In Lizton, the North West Hendricks Board of School Trustees approved a teacher contract Tuesday,Nov. 12, that raises teacher salaries an average of 4.1%. That will amount to an increase of around $2000, according to district leaders.
District business manager David Hobaugh said that the increase resulted from a desire to bring NWHSC in line with other Indiana school districts of similar size.
“We know we have great teachers and we believe they should be compensated fairly,” said Hobaugh. “We are pleased that we can now offer them a salary just above the average for similar size school districts,” said Hobaugh.
District leaders say all employees will see an increase in salary this year and that an
additional $100,000 is being invested into extra-curricular salaries.
The district in Lizton has recently experienced leadership changes. Superintendent Mike Springer stepped down in October after a dispute with the school board.
Springer had recommended the board fire the Tri-West varsity football coach after claims he molested a 17-year-old student. The board voted against it. The coach is on paid administrative leave and denies the claims. No charges have been filed.
The North West Hendricks School board will begin the search for a permanent superintendent at the beginning of the year with a planned start date of July 2020.