New Scott Co. superintendent's contract has a "single salary figure ($188,000)" but no separate benefits package; board, new hire happy with the pact

News-Graphic, Georgetown, April 28, 2016

BOE approves $188K contract for Hub
New superintendent contract is for four years, includes no extra benefits package
By Rachel Volk

The Scott County Board of Education unanimously approved the new superintendent’s contract at a special meeting Tuesday night.

The contract was given to Dr. Kevin Hub, who requested only one minor word change for consistency purposes, Friday.

The four-year contract includes a flat yearly salary of $188,000.

According to the Kentucky Department of Education, the average yearly salary for a superintendent in Kentucky is $123,000.

The Scott County superintendent’s salary for 2014-2015 was $149,000, a salary which did not reflect benefits.

Hub’s contract differs from past superintendent contracts because it authorizes a single salary figure as opposed to a salary and separate benefits package, which typically includes insurance, cell phone, computer and car, among others, said Bob Chenowith, the school board’s attorney.

“It’s probably a good savings to the district. As we have been able to sit down as a board and look at this, there appears to be a substantial savings to the district as compared to if we were to offer less money and then offer all the benefits that would go with the position,” said Chairman Haley Conway.

“I am ecstatic. It is a very fair contract,” Hub said in a telephone interview. “I think the board paid attention to the concerns of the public.”

“I believe it is a sign of good things to come,” Hub added.

Only one amendment was proposed by board member Jo Anna Fryman. A provision of the contract mandates that Hub get approval from the board for any absence extending beyond 10 days.

“I think 10 days is too long. I think that needs to be less than that...That’s too long for a superintendent to be gone and the board not know. And I’m not saying he wouldn’t tell us...but since that statement is in there, I think it’s too long,” Fryman said.

The amendment was revised to five days and approved by the board and Hub, who spoke with the board over speakerphone at the meeting.

“I am certainly fine for those [numbers] to be halved...however it works. I don’t mind getting approval from the board for being gone for more than a week,” Hub said.

“We look forward to Sunday and we appreciate your efforts to make this somewhat of a seamless transition,” Conway told Hub.

The board unanimously voted to approve the contract with the changes requested by Fryman and Hub.

“As it stands now we are good to go,” Conway said.

A contract signing ceremony and meet and greet with Hub is scheduled for Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Elkhorn Crossing School, 2001 Frankfort Road.

The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

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