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NACS soon to boost superintendent’s pay

February 12, 2019

The Northwest Allen County Schools board will likely soon approve a new contract for Superintendent Chris Himsel.

His leadership, however, will come at a greater cost. Himsel, whose salary has remained at 172,000 under the new terms. He may also receive a 195,000.

“I’m appreciative of the generosity of the school corporation,” Himsel said Monday after a public meeting about the proposed contract.

Himsel : who has led the district since July 2010 and was named Indiana Superintendent of the Year in 2016 : noted he has declined the raises other employee groups received in recent years.

For comparison, Wendy Robinson, superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools, earns $210,164 to oversee the district with student enrollment of nearly 30,000. Northwest Allen County Schools enrolled about 7,700 students this year.

Kent Somers, the board’s president, said the district is “extremely fortunate” to have Himsel as superintendent, a sentiment echoed by other board members.

The three-year contract begins July 1, 2018, and includes language allowing for one-year extensions.

Other annual benefits include a 150 per credit for a maximum six credits per calendar year; an 936 for cellphone expenses; mileage reimbursement; and contributions to the superintendent’s 401(a) Plan account.

The board is expected to vote on the agreement Feb. 25.

In other business, the board approved a lease agreement for two portable classrooms at Perry Hill Elementary School next academic year.

They will house fifth-grade classes.

This will bring the district’s number of temporary classrooms to six as it awaits completion of a new elementary school on Hathaway Road.

Somers questioned whether the new classrooms will be an adequate short-term solution for the growing enrollment.

The new school is expected to open August 2020.

“I’m hopeful this is enough to get us through,” Himsel said, adding it is unknown how many new students the district will enroll in upcoming months.

Himsel did not have the cost of the lease agreement immediately available but said it should be in the same ballpark as previous portable classrooms.

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