A contract approved May 6 between the USD 231 Board of Education and Superintendent Bill Gilhaus, makes several changes including a base salary reduction and a contract extension thru 2016.
A copy of the contract, and Gilhaus’ retirement agreement, was received under a KORA request by The Gardner News.
Under the August 2012 contract Gilhaus’ base salary for 12 months was $173,929 annually, and the new contract is for $117,723 for 10 months and then $141,267 for 12 months from July 2014 thru 2015. Base salary does not include benefits such as annuity, health benefits, vacation or sick leave or phone and auto allowance.
The contract also stipulates that the new salaries are “Based upon the assumption that, during the Term, the superintendent will be exempt from any KPERS earnings limits applicable to retired licensed school personnel, in accordance with K.S.A. 74-4937(3). Should that statute be repealed or not renewed in substantially its current form to extend past its currently-scheduled expiration date of July 1, 2015, the Superintendent’s annual salary shall be automatically be increased by an amount equal to the KPERS contributions that the Board is required to pay pursuant to” state statute as a consequence of the Superintendent returning to the Board’s employ following his retirement.
At the May 6 board meeting the BOE accepted Gilhaus’ resignation, and then immediately agreed to rehire him after 60 days.
The new contract also has additional wording regarding the superintendent’s duties, benefits, post-termination benefits,
Under duties (section 3) the contract indicates board members must refer all criticism, complaints and suggestions to the superintendent. It also indicates that if responding to an individual board member’s requests impairs Gilhaus’ ability to perform other functions of his job, he can use his discretion on whether to fulfil the elected official’s requests, after duly notifying the board in closed session.
This story will be updated as it is received.
A copy of the new contract and resignation agreement are here: