Schools extend director’s contract

The Lebanon Board of Education voted Monday to give Director of Schools Scott Benson a contract extension.
Jul 29, 2014
Scott Benson

The Lebanon Board of Education voted Monday to give Director of Schools Scott Benson a contract extension.

Board Chair Steve Jones said state law requires directors to be evaluated each year and considered for a contract renewal.

“Each individual school board member has done their evaluation of Scott, and I’m proud to say he exceeded [all expectations],” said Jones. 

Jones then recommended the board give Benson a raise.

“With a good evaluation like that, I recommend we extend his contract by two years,” said Jones. “I did some research and got a scale of every director’s pay in the state of Tennessee, and I feel he’s a little out of line salary wise.”

Jones made a recommendation Benson’s salary was increased an additional $7,500 annually, and the board approved. Benson’s new salary is $132,300 annually. 

The board also approved the 2014-15 budget and proposed salary schedule.

It’s a conservative budget,” said Benson. “We are pleased to put in a 2-percent raise for all employees.”

Board member Andy Brummett asked how much the raises would cost the system, and Benson said “about $300,000.”

Benson said, according to the latest data the system has, which are two years old, “we ranked seventh with beginning teacher salaries and 21st for average salary for teachers.”

Jones said, “that’s pretty good for this small system.”

The board also approved school fundraisers for 2014-15 and the universal breakfast program. The universal breakfast program is a federal program that offers a free breakfast for any student who wants to participate, said Benson.

The board’s next scheduled meeting is Sept. 15.

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