ARCADIA — The Arcadia school superintendent on Tuesday was given a contract extension, as was the high school principal.

Superintendent Bruce Kidder was granted a contract that will run from August 2017 through July 2019.

Kidder was hired in 2015 to a two-year contract that expires July 31, 2017, at an annual salary of $90,000. His salary was not changed Tuesday.

High School Principal Bill Dobbins was given a contract extension for the same time frame. He was hired in 2015.

Dobbins’ salary of $82,500 was not changed.

Separately, the school board heard discussion from some parents about raising the cost limit set for students to attend a senior class trip.

Current board policy sets the limit at $600, but parents at Tuesday’s session suggested that limit should be raised to accommodate increased expenses of a proposed trip to Florida. One trip option to Florida is expected to cost $750 per student. Fundraisers and parent contributions help pay for a student’s expenses.

A fear was that raising the fee might exclude some students from making the class trip.

Board members, while not against an increase, wanted more input from parents before changing the policy.

“To me, it’s whatever the kids or parents can stomach,” board member Eric Metcalfe said.
Parents of seniors will be contacted by school trip officials for their opinions this week.

“We’re open to whatever you present to us,” board President Ryan George told the gathering.

Separately, the board was told the district cannot find enough substitute bus drivers. This is a national trend, school representatives said.

Ideas floated were to raise compensation and offer benefits.

In other business, the school board:

  • Held a closed executive session for the stated purpose of discussing employee matters.
  • Accepted a donation of children’s books from the Mazza Museum.
  • Approved an Arcadia Future Farmers of America trip to a national convention next month in Indianapolis.
  • Will weigh the benefit of buying a tractor instead of continuing to rent one for moving stone, mulch, bleachers and other tasks.

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