2018-09-12 / Front Page

DCSC Superintendent’s contract approved in split vote

Confusing multi-year deal questioned
By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

The Delphi Community School Board (DCSC) approved a three-year, with a possible five additional years, contract for Superintendent Greg Briles at the Monday night meeting amid concerns from the Delphi Classroom Teachers’ Association (DCTA), among others. Fifth-grade teacher Tim Conner, who is the DCTA president, questioned why there was a proposed $10,000 raise for Briles when teachers receive much less.

Conner said he did not believe “the corporation can stand that” amount of a raise for one individual.

He stated that if it can, then DCTA would be discussing the matter in the next round of negotiations for the teachers’ pay. Conner suggested the School Board table the contract vote until after enrollment numbers for this fall have been determined.

Conner, along with Board members Gil Smith and Neal Anderson, asked for a clarification about the length of the contract. Attorney Nick Otis explained the contract is for three years. It can be extended for up to another five years if the board takes no action to make a change, either in the contract itself or in the superintendent’s position. Otis said if the Board decides to make a personnel change before the end of the three years, it would be terminating the contract and would be obligated to pay Briles for one more year (pay only – no benefits included). However, if the board decides to make a change after the three-year agreement or beyond, it would be required to notify Briles his contract was not going to be renewed by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the end of that school year. In that instance, Briles (or any superintendent in the position with this contract) would not be remunerated with additional salary.

Board members Smith, Chris Nipple, Steve Myer, Kent Sales and Bill Trueblood voted to approve the contract. Anderson and Kirk Schwarzkopf voted not to approve the contract. Smith queried principals of each building, when they gave their usual reports, about enrollment numbers, which are not codified by the state at this time. Each said there are fewer students in their buildings, but all said they expect the numbers to rise by the official time to count students, which is mid-September.

Unfinished construction

Schwarzkopf noted Performance Services did not complete all construction before school began, as was the agreement. He said there were some issues in bathrooms and other areas which should have been completed for the safety of the students.

Schwarzkopf asked if a punch list was used to determine what had and had not been accomplished before school. Briles said he and Nipple performed the check with a punch list but may have missed some issues.

Schwarzkopf suggested the corporation withhold payment to Performance Services until the construction is finished. Briles requested a list of unfinished items from Schwarzkopf.

Claims, including those from Performance Services, were approved by all board members, except for Schwarzkopf.

Active Shooter Training

Briles reported there was active shooter training, sponsored by the insurance company, in the buildings last Friday during the E-Learning Day. He said the information presented, along with the hands-on training, was “very intense.” Teachers learned how to barricade their rooms against an intruder and also how to subdue and hold a shooter down.

Conner and other teachers remarked about the smell of gunpowder in the hallways while listening to the sound of a rapidfiring gun. They noted those things made the experience seem real for them.

Athletics

Athletic Director Kevin Sims said most of the sports offered at DCSC have “gotten off to a good start” this year. He said every Friday night is now “for the community” with events and tailgating planned. Sept. 21 is homecoming with its usual festivities. Sims said there will be a “Tribute to Those Who Serve” on Sept. 28, again with tailgating. There will be support from the Marines and the Army, which may include armored vehicles and action simulators.

Simms said the corporation will be in the Hoosier Heartland Conference totally next year, however athletes are currently playing conference teams. He also said more Middle School sports are being developed, such as tennis and soccer and swimming, because the students requested them.

Fundraisers

There will be a High School Varsity D Powder Puff game Sept. 19 to fund Varsity D awards. A Varsity D Christmas wreath sale will begin Oct. 18 for the same purpose.

A High School SADD semiformal homecoming dance will be held in the Elementary Gymnasium Sept. 22. Proceeds will help purchase Red Ribbon week items and fund a SADD convocation.

The High School French Club will sell the Great American Fundraising Sales Brochure from Oct. 8-12 to purchase needed supplies for the club. The French Club will also sponsor a Breakfast with Santa at SIA Dec. 8.

The High School Volleyball team will host “Dig Pink,” a game with T-shirts sales and a raffle Sept. 18. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer awareness.

Other business

A Middle School Gymnasium agreement with the Delphi Pentecostal Church was approved. There are no changes from the previous contract and the corporation will pay $1,100 per month for six months to use the facility.

Claims and payroll for $3,734,229.15 were approved.

The next meeting will be Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the corporation office.

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