Board hikes director's pay

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

Bishop: 37 seniors have 'light-bulb moment'

TELL CITY - The two-member board of directors for the Perry County Learning Academy voted at a regular meeting Monday to bump Executive Director Mike Bishop's salary from $59,000 to $61,000 and hire Angela (Schroeder) Foury as a program assistant.

Bishop's raise was similar to a 3.25-percent raise given to teachers at Perry Central Community School, according to Mary Roberson, superintendent there and board member for the learning academy.

Ron Etienne, Tell City-Troy Township superintendent of schools and the other board member for the alternative school, made the motion. Bishop's pay hike was closer to 3.39 percent, but Roberson said Tuesday she and Etienne rounded it up because Bishop works 15 days longer each year than the teachers.

Bishop said he interviewed three candidates before deciding to recommend Foury, and said she holds an elementary teaching license and has served as a substitute teacher at Perry Central. She'll start at $15,000 per year, the same rate paid for the position the last two years, Roberson said.

In his regular report to the board, Bishop said enrollment included 15 Perry Central and 66 Tell City-Troy Township "credit-recovery" students, with an additional adult student registered from the Tell City district.

"We provided services to 37 seniors in an effort to help them meet graduation requirements," he reported. "That's typical of spring; a lot of seniors have a light-bulb moment."

Participants earned 95 credits between January and May, he noted, the majority in math, social studies and English.

Bishop said he's pleased at the seniors' efforts, explaining that in addition to helping themselves, they contributed to their high-school graduation rates.

He also reported the state has allocated $7,049 to the learning academy for adult education in the summer and fall semesters. Information about learning-academy programs can be obtained by calling Bishop at 547-6942.