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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Superintendent contracts tricky to find on school districts' websites, despite new Indiana law"

Good story by Kara Kenney of WRTV 6, with video. A few quotes:

INDIANAPOLIS - A new law requires school districts to post superintendent contracts online, but the Call 6 Investigators had trouble finding the documents on some websites.

A new law went into effect July 1 requiring Indiana school districts to post superintendent contracts online, as well as those of any other administrator with a contract.

Lawmakers passed the legislation last session after Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney exposed former Wayne Township Schools superintendent Terry Thompson's $1 million retirement payout.

When Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Eugene White announced his retirement on Jan. 15, Kenney looked for White's contract on the district's website but was unable to find the document. * * *

RTV6 had to ask for help in finding contracts on other district websites.

For example, Kenney had to contact officials with Washington Township Schools, who said the contract was available in the Human Resources section of the website.

The website reads, "The Human Resource Department is also responsible for complying with certain provisions of the Indiana code that are HR specific in nature. (IC 20-26-5)," with no link indicated.

The page makes no mention of the superintendent contract, but the link is hidden in the "(IC 20-26-6)" mention.

RTV6 asked Indiana Public Access Counselor Joe Hoage if he could find the link.

"I don't see where it would be on the website," Hoage said. "You can't tell by looking at this that it's a link. It just looks like a continuation of the paragraph."

Like the Call 6 team, Hoage did his own test of school district websites and said he had a tough time with some, including Pike Township Schools.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 23, 2013 07:14 PM
Posted to Indiana Government