Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 28, 2012

Board considers contract for superintendent

Proposed salary for Maconaquah superintendent in line with others in area.

By Lindsey Ziliak

BUNKER HILL — No one spoke Wednesday night during a public hearing to renew the contract for Maconaquah School Corp. Superintendent Doug Arnold.

The contract calls for a salary of $103,836 for Arnold and would be in effect until June 30, 2015.

Board members will vote on the issue at the November meeting.

The proposed contract falls in line with those of most area superintendents.

Kokomo-Center Schools Superintendent Jeff Hauswald earns the most in Howard County, with an annual base salary of $138,000.

Hauswald leads the largest district in the area with an enrollment last year of 6,319 students.

Hauswald’s contract was renewed for another year in July.

His salary went up by $3,000 because of progress he made on his doctorate degree, the contract addendum stated.

Hauswald also gets $350 a month, or $4,200 per year, for a vehicle allowance.

That’s the same allowance Arnold would get under his proposed contract.

Northwestern School Corp. Superintendent Ryan Snoddy’s salary comes in just above Arnold’s, at $104,203.

The corporation also pays $13,873 toward insurance and a $6,500 annuity every year, according to the contract.

Randy McCracken, superintendent at Western School Corp., makes $110,500 each year, but he has a lower vehicle allowance, at just $1,600.

His contract was renewed in July and runs through 2015.

Eastern Howard School Corp. ranks third in the county in terms of superintendent salaries.

Tracy Caddell makes $109,632 each year. His salary, however, includes a $5,000 vehicle allowance for the year.

The corporation also pays $19,379 toward insurance premiums and $12,773 toward a 401(a) or 403(b) account every year.

Caddell leads the smallest district in the area. Eastern enrolled 1,351 students last year.