Hettinger superintendent resigns after contract ‘dispute’

Just a week after the renewal of his contract was put on hold by Hettinger Public Schools, Superintendent Adam Hill offered his resignation and ended his relationship with the school system.

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By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Record

Just a week after the renewal of his contract was put on hold by Hettinger Public Schools, Superintendent Adam Hill offered his resignation and ended his relationship with the school system.

Hill told the Record last week that he felt he was being under compensated.

He provided the school board with the salaries of 15 North Dakota school superintendents at schools of similar size to Hettinger’s and explained that his salary was at the bottom. Average salaries of teachers in Hettinger were approximately in the middle of those 15 schools.

He stated he was still willing to negotiate, but ultimately the school board was not willing.

The school board had previously agreed to increase payments into employee retirement funds by four percent, instead of pay raises for the 2014-15 school year.  They felt it wouldn’t be right for only one to get a raise, Hill said.

Hill has been an educator at Hettinger for 12 years and has four children, a two-year old, twin fifth graders and one going into her junior year.  He said it would be tough to move, especially for his oldest child, but may look for other employment in the local area.

He has had two offers from other schools, one of which he is considering.

Hill also had success coaching the boy’s basketball team. With the potential to make it to state tournaments, Hill said he would still like to coach the team even though not employed by the school if he remains in Hettinger and both Hettinger and Scranton school boards agree.

A message was left for Rhonda Knutson, school board president, but did not receive a call back by the time this article went to print.

 







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