STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), Chairman of the House Education Committee, authored House Enrolled Act 1205, which was signed by Governor Daniels Monday, March 19. The bill calls for greater transparency in superintendents’ pay, which are paid by taxpayer dollars.
“In January of 2011, a situation where many provisions of a superintendent’s contract were not in the best interest of the school was brought to our attention, 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. “The intent of this legislation is to prevent a similar situation.”
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 am pleased that the governor signed this bill. Greater transparency in government is always a positive. The public has a right to know this information,” said Rep. Behning. “This bill will help ensure that superintendent packages are developed with the best interest of taxpayers and students in mind.”
House Enrolled Act 1205 goes into effect on July 1st, 2012.