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May 30, 2012

Limestone board to offer superintendent $115,000, new vehicle

ATHENS — Limestone County school board members plan to offer their prospective new superintendent the lowest end of the salary range and a new vehicle.

Board members tentatively approved a plan to offer Dr. Thomas Sisk, 47, of Foley, who is human resources supervisor for Baldwin County Schools in Bay Minette, a $115,000 annual salary.

The salary range for a Limestone County Schools superintendent is $115,000 to $130,000.

Board members discussed the proposed salary and contract during a work session Tuesday night and settled on the low rung and a new vehicle, according to board member Earl Glaze.

The board has asked its attorney, J.R. Brooks of Huntsville, to review the proposed contract before returning it to board members for their perusal. If both Brooks and the board approve the draft contract, it will be offered to Sisk.

Next week

Glaze said he hopes the contract will be reviewed and signed by Sisk by next week. The board’s next regular meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Tanner High School.

Glaze had first suggested offering Sisk the low end of the salary range, mainly because although Sisk is an experienced educator and administrator, he has no previous experience as a superintendent.

Glaze said the board would buy a new vehicle from the state bid list rather than buy a used vehicle.

“We don’t want to pay for someone else’s problems,” he said.

Sisk’s predecessor, Dr. Barry Carroll, who retired last December, had a car purchased by the school system, but Glaze said that vehicle has high mileage.

Although board members had considered offering incentive pay, there was not time to work it out, Glaze said.

Incentive pay

Board member Bret McGill had previously proposed offering Sisk incentive pay for such improvements as decreasing the dropout rate and increasing the number of students taking advanced-placement courses. Although board members expressed interest in the idea, there was not time to work this into this contract, Glaze said.

The board wanted to get a new superintendent in place in early June so he or she could get up to speed for the 2012-2013 school year, which begins in August. Should Sisk accept the contract, as he has said he plans to do, the board could reconsider adding an incentive-pay provision if they choose to renew him.


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