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Notice of Public Hearing

As per IC 5-3-1 and IC 20-26-5-4.3 the Board of School Trustees of Sunman-Dearborn
Community School Corporation will convene a Public Meeting on April 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the
East Central HS Study Hall Room #142, 1 Trojan Rd. St. Leon, Indiana 47012, for the purpose
of discussing and hearing objections to and support for this proposed contract for Superintendent
of Schools.
The details of the proposed contract include:
1. Length: Initial Contract of three (3) years July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018, with a minimum
number of working days per year of 260 days; Unless the Board votes not to have the
contract extended by June 30 of each year it shall automatically "roll over" one year as
necessary to ensure a minimum of a three (3) year agreement.
2. Base salary for each year of the contract consists of a salary of $130,000.
The Superintendent shall be eligible for any benefit increase paid to other certified staff or
administrative staff. The Superintendent will be evaluated each year using the same
categories as teachers and other administrators.
3. Additional forms of compensation for each year of the contract consisting of:
a. $4,750.00 contribution to retirement annuity accounts (401A, and 403B).
b. $13,650 contribution to the Indiana State Teachers' Retirement Fund;
c. $368.64 contribution for term life insurance premium;
d. $374.40 contribution for long term disability insurance premium;
e. Contribution for family health insurance premium -$1,500($14,796.00)
The Board contribution may be adjusted if the plan administrator increases the
premium/cost for the same level of coverage.
f. $6,000.00 contribution for a Health Savings Account
g. Up to $1,000 for memberships in State professional organizations.
4. Granted the following paid leave days as needed for each year of the contract:
a. Paid holidays granted to all 12 month employees of the Corporation
b. Fifteen (15) paid vacation days each year. The vacation days are not cumulative.
5. The Corporation shall pay $500 per month for auto/mileage reimbursement for professional
travel within the Tri-state area.
6. The Agreement can be canceled by the Board for the same list of reasons applicable to
cancelation of the contract of an "established teacher" found at Ind. Code 20-28-7.5-1(e).
The Superintendent can cancel the agreement by giving 30 days written notice of
Board of School Trustees
Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation

"Leading the Way in Quality Education"


Welcome to the Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools' website.    Please take a few moments to explore our school corporation.  Our school corporation is dedicated to meeting the needs of our students.  S-DCS provides excellent educational opportunities for students to grow in challenging and authentic learning environments.   Our schools and students not only meet state standards, but they perform at very high levels academically that rival the top schools in the state of Indiana.  S-DCS administrators, faculty and support staff are dedicated to helping all children succeed at higher levels.  S-DCS offers numerous extracurricular activities that will keep students actively involved in our schools.  S-DCS has strong community support.  Our facilities are second to none.  Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools are proud of our efforts to be "Leading the Way in Quality Education" for every student who attends our schools.  Thank you for visiting.

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S-DCSC Goals

2012-2013 Goals

1. Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation will remain financially stable with the operating balance in the General Fund being maintained at minimum of 5% and to be proactive in addressing future financial needs that may impact the minimum level of operation. Rainy Day Fund maintained at a 5% level of the monies that can be transferred from the approved funds.

Indicators for Stability and Pro-activity:
A. Positive balances in the monthly and year-end financial reports
B. General Fund has continuous growth in the operating balance
C. Increased enrollment
D. Fully-funded programs
2. Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation will provide a viable, articulated curriculum taught by highly qualified teachers who use best practices informed by data derived from authentic assessments focused on the operating philosophy of continuous quality improvement incorporated in the S-DCSC Strategic Plan.

Indicators for Continuous Quality Improvement in the areas of Curriculum creation, Researched Best Practices, and Formative/Summative Assessments are:
A. Curriculum mapping utilized to articulate curriculum 12-K vertically and horizontally
B. Professional Development is provided for board members, administrators teachers and support staff to improve curriculum development, instructional practices and assessment practices
C. Alignment of curriculum to Indiana Common Core Standards
D. Utilize targets, strategies and action plans outlined in the S-DCSC strategic plan
3. Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation will continue to provide opportunities for student, staff, parents and community involvement in the school corporation to communicate effectively at all levels.
Indicators for Maintaining Communication and Involvement:
A. Continue monitoring of web site with daily announcements and regularly updated information
B. Continue monitoring of administration to staff communication
C. Continue monitoring of school to parent communication
D. Continue monitoring student participation in school activities
E. Provide opportunities for public comments, S-DEA comments, Principal reports at all regularly scheduled monthly board meetings
4. Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation will continue to provide safe schools for students, staff, administration and the community.
Indicators for Safety:
A. Each building will have a school safety specialist
B. Each building will practice safety measures for man-made and natural disasters
C. Each facility will have procedures in place to protect occupants of each building through a school safety plan.
D. Each bus will have a safety evacuation plan that is reviewed and practiced.
E. Continue to work with community resources to provide training and protection.
F. Provide stronger external security measures for building entry

Declining Enrollment and Reduced Funding Issues

At the Board meeting on November 20th the Board of School Trustees passed the following motion effective with the 2015-2016 school year:

  • North Dearborn Elementary will move to the current Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School.
  • All three Elementary Schools will house grades K-5.
  • Grade 6 will be moved to Sunman-Dearborn Middle School.

This was a difficult decision for the Board but was one that met educational needs as well as fiscal needs of the corporation.
This decision has the estimated potential of savings (in round numbers) between $700,000.00 and $750,000.00

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We will become the highest performing school corporation in southeast Indiana by June 2015 and one of the 10 highest performing districts in the state of Indiana by June 2017.

Mission Statement

The mission of S-DCS is to develop, for all students:
Literacy skills (reading, writing, communicating confidently)
Mastery of state and national standards
Character, responsibility, teamwork, the importance of regular attendance, goal-directedness, and service to community
High graduation rates and post-secondary success

Contact Us!

Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools
Dr. John Williams, Interim Superintendent
1 Trojan Place, Suite B
St. Leon, IN 47012

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