State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), Chairman of the House Education Committee, authored House Bill 1205, which calls for greater transparency in superintendents’ pay which are paid by taxpayer dollars. The bill passed out of the house with a 88 to 6 vote.
“A situation where many provisions of a superintendent’s contract were not in the best interest of the school was brought to our attention in January of 2011, because a retired superintendent’s compensation package exceeded $1 M. The school board said they were not aware of this unbelievable package,” said Rep. Behning. “Upon study by the Interim Study Committee of Education Issues, it was determined that the best way to address this issue is through greater transparency.”
House Bill 1205 requires school corporations, or charter school, to hold a public meeting prior to the signing of a contract that discloses the annual total dollar amount of a compensation package for their superintendent. They are to allow public comment and must post on their website the contract and dollar values.
“I believe this bill will help ensure that superintendent packages are developed with the best interest of taxpayers and students in mind,” said Rep. Behning.