By Andrea McCann
---- — The Zionsville Community Schools Board of School Trustees, with a 4-1 vote, approved a new three-year contract for Superintendent Scott Robison at its regular meeting Monday night, July 15. Bill Stanczykiewicz was the lone board member in opposition.
“It’s about the contract, not about the individual or performance,” Stanczykiewicz said. “It’s about what we can afford as a school corporation with structural challenges.”
He said he was in favor of an increase for Robison but not in favor of the contract. Because the economy and policies have changed, Stanczykiewicz said he believes the board needed to make different market comparisons. He also said he doesn’t agree with automatically rolling over the three-year contract and that two years might be more appropriate.
The contract provides Robison a base annual salary of $160,000 beginning July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2016. Beginning in the second contract year, performance increases of up to 3 percent will be granted with “effective” or “highly effective” performance ratings. Robison also will receive $10,500 per year for extra duties.
In addition, the corporation will pay 90 percent of the health insurance premium for the superintendent and his eligible spouse and dependents. The corporation also provides life insurance with a face value of $250,000 and long-term disability insurance. It contributes to his retirement plan and reimburses his mileage outside the district, as well.
In response to questioning by board President James Longest, Chief Financial Officer Mike Shafer confirmed the corporation has the money to pay the salary increase and that it’s not generated from tax revenue or referendum funds. He said the money comes from “entrepreneurial activities” of the corporation.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.