By Eric Stidman Published: August 4, 2015, 6:08 pm Updated: August 4, 2015, 6:52 pm
FREELANDVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) The North Knox School Corporation welcomed students for the first day of classes Tuesday after learning earlier this year, the corporation would lose out on more than $500,000 in its general fund.
The general fund, according to North Knox Superintendent Dr. Darrel Bobe, pays for things like teacher salaries and corporation bills. While the immediate impact did not result in a reduction in force, Bobe explained, the corporation had to take a hard look at teacher retirement situations.
“We look at it pretty tough, we look at it and say, do we really need this position?” Bobe stated, “We had to hire a kindergarten teacher, and I looked at that and didn’t know if I was going to replace that position and I’m glad I did … you are talking about 25 kindergartners in a classroom, that’s enough.”
Bobe largely credited the cuts as an oversight issue with state policy makers. He explained that policy makers attempt to make education funds a one-size fits all case, but that is not the case.
“We’re starting teachers off less now, in our current contract, than we were 6 years ago,” Bobe noted of his newly hired teachers’ salaries. While the formula for calculating how lawmakers dole out of the dollars is complex, Bobe explained, that in some cases, what appears to sound like an increase for some schools is actually a decrease in funds for others.
Notably, Bobe argued, the approach for funding appears to just look at corporations as a name and does not factor in “student demographics and situations.”
“When they have these committee meetings, if they had them in a 3rd grade classroom, if that’s where they made their decisions .. look (at) the 3rd graders, look at them in the eyes, I think decisions would be made differently,” Bobe said.
So they’re starting teachers at a lower rate of pay than 6 years ago….what about superintendents? Is he suggesting that we all need to pay higher taxes? John
Information from pubic records
2015 North Knox School Corporation Superintendent Bobe, Darrel Compensation $263,957.44 ? (why this salary nearly doubled is not known could it be a type o?)
2014 North Knox School Corporation Superintendent Bobe, Darrel Compensation $133,694.50 (compare to above)
2015 Vincennes Community School Corporation Superintendent Parsley, Gregory T. Compensation $113,624.55
South Knox School Corporation Superintendent Grove, Timothy A. Compensation $101,184.25
Southwest School Corporation Superintendent Stitzle, James C. Compensation $100.523.01
Linton-Stockton School Corporation Superintendent Karazsia, Nick G. Compensation $120,006.98
Vigo County School Corporation Superintendent Tanoos, Daniel Thomas Compensation $219,865.11