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Schools chief’s goals in place

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By VINCE LUECKE
Editor

TELL CITY – Many people make resolutions for the year ahead. Tell City-Troy Township Schools Superintendent Lynn Blinzinger will be among them after he and the school board agreed to a set of goals.

Part of the evaluation process required of Indiana public-school superintendents, the goals were approved in December’s meeting and for Blinzinger, will remain in place until he leaves office in June. Blinzinger announced last fall he would retire. The search processs for a new superintendent is underway.

Four goals were approved. The first will have Blinzinger reviewing and revising the job description for the superintendent’s position. The board wants the description to accurately reflect its current duties and responsibilities.

Blinzinger was to have the updated job description ready by the start of the year and the document will be shared with candidates for the job.

The second goal is to revise the corporation’s support staff handbook to update salaries and hourly wages with a goal of ensuring pay is commensurate with job responsibilities and professional rates.

The goal carries a March 1 deadline.

Goal 3 is to develop and implement a standardized policy of insurance benefits for support staff that is consistent and contains “no deviation in benefits allowed, hours required for benefits or cost for benefits.”

Blinzinger is to have the policy updates by April 1.

The final goal set forth by the board and superintendent is to develop a procedure that ensures more thorough checks and balances for budgetary oversight by the school board and a better review by category of funds.

Along with the setting of goals for the superintendent, board members have conducted evaluations of Blinzinger’s performance.

Board President Mack Cail will meet with the superintendent to review the board’s findings.

The board will likely use the same process to set goals for Blinzinger’s successor when he or she is hired this spring or summer.

Ivy Tech Resolution
The board adopted a resolution of support of Tell City’s campus of Ivy Tech Community College. Blinzinger said the support acknowledges the close ties of the school district, as well as all Perry County schools, to the college’s programs.

Ivy Tech provides classroom and industrial lab support for welding classes high-school students can enroll in as dual-credit classes.

As the News has reported several times, the campus is one of several Ivy Tech is considering for closure as a cost-savings measure.

City leaders are also involved in supporting efforts to keep the campus open.

Cannelton City Schools recently signed a resolution of support for the campus.  

Site Director Sherri Flynn, also a member of the school’s board of trustees, thanked the board for the resolution, which she said came as a surprise to her. To avoid any potential conflict of interest, she abstained from the vote.