Olin contract includes a raise


GREENFIELD — Harold Olin moved a step closer to becoming Greenfield-Central’s new superintendent Wednesday after a public hearing on his new contract went off without a hitch.

Olin, who is principal at Greenfield Central Junior High, is replacing Linda Gellert, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Olin’s base salary as a first-year superintendent will be $128,000, according to the contract that is expected to receive final approval at the March 10 regular board meeting. That’s a slight increase over Gellert’s final-year salary after nine years with the school corporation.

The board invited public comment on the contract at a special meeting Wednesday. No one commented.

Gellert, who came to Greenfield in 2005 after serving as a superintendent in Bartholomew County for two years, started with an annual salary of $100,000. Nine years later, her base salary is $124,320, according to public records.

Board member Kathy Dowling said the board planned at the start of the candidate search to offer the new superintendent the same salary Gellert would have received had she stayed on another year. Greenfield-Central staff members are slated to receive a 3 percent raise.

Dowling said the board wanted to be competitive and researched salaries of superintendents at similar-sized corporations before making a decision.

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