EACS Superintendent Contract Approved, Monroeville Elementary Sold (VIDEO)

By Michael Klopfenstein
By Rachel Martin

June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 11:15 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – the East Allen County Schools board unanimously voted to approve the new superintendent contract as well as the sale of Monroeville Elementary School.

Out with the old and in with the new was the theme of East Allen County Schools (EACS) board meeting Tuesday night. The board approved East Allen’s new superintendent, Ken Folks’ contract. It’s a three year contract with a salary that board members say is similar to the one of former superintendent Dr. Karyle Green, who resigned on March 1, 2013.

For the first year, Folks will receive $208 thousand including benefits, $140 thousand of which will be his base salary. That also includes $5,000 in yearly annuity payments and allowances.

By the end of the three year contract, Folks’ salary and benefits will total more than $215 thousand. During those years Folks will be eligible for a raise, but only if the board thinks he deserves it.

“What is noteworthy [about his contract] is future raises are going to be dependent on evaluation and how well he has succeeded in meeting our goals,” said EACS board President Neil Reynolds.

Folks says the unanimous vote shows the district’s confidence in his ability. After only two days on the job, the Fort Wayne native says his main focus is getting to know the community.

"I just hope that the district can look at this as fresh start. We've got a new person who's excited to be here, who has a lot of experience, who wants to be engaged in the community. Then we can get a fresh start and not worry about what happened in the past,” he said.

The board also approved the sale and purchase of Monroeville Elementary School. Board members say it was bought by the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese for $189 thousand, with $40 thousand of that in an escrow account to use for environmental remediation.

EACS struck a deal with Diocese where if the remediation cost more than $40 thousand, it will come out of the Diocese’s pocket. However, if the cost is less than $40 thousand, that money will go back to EACS. Reynolds says the deal is a “win-win” because now the district is no longer financially responsible for the upkeep of the building, and the money from the sale can be used toward other things.

Monroeville Elementary School has been on sale since it closed two years ago due to declining enrollment in the district and the redesign plan.

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