Board looks to extend Harpe’s contract by three years

The Seymour Community School Corp. board of education is looking to extend its contract with Superintendent Brandon Harpe an additional three years.

A public hearing was conducted Tuesday night for board members and the public to provide input in support or opposition of the proposed contract.

Three board members — Nancy Franke, Joe Tormoehlen and Art Juergens — did not attend the public hearing. Lisa Freeman, co-president of the Seymour Education Association, was the only person in the audience.

During the brief meeting, board member Kenny Browning explained the purpose of the hearing, which is required by state law, and provided details of the new contract.

The contract calls for Harpe to receive a base annual salary of $132,500, which is an increase of $2,500.

“This is broken down into two $1,250 steps that other certified employees have had over the past two years,” Browning said.

Harpe was named superintendent in May 2019 after serving as interim superintendent the first part of that year.

As per the contract extension, Harpe must work 240 days each year and will receive annually 20 vacation days, 12 sick leave days and five personal business days all paid.

Other benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance and retirement contributions from the corporation of 8.5% of his salary.

The full contract was advertised as a legal notice in The Tribune and The Jackson County Banner and is available to view on the SCSC website at scsc.k12.in.us.

No one provided input on the contract during Tuesday’s hearing. It will be voted on during the regular monthly school board meeting Tuesday.