Hermitage school board OKs new 5-year contract for Supt. Dan Bell

Hermitage Schools Superintendent Dr. Dan Bell

HERMITAGE — Hermitage School District will keep its superintendent for five more years.

Under the new five-year contract, which goes into effect July 1 and runs through June 30, 2024, Dr. Dan Bell’s salary will increase by 2.85 percent each year. Bell has been superintendent since 2009, and this is his third five-year contract with the district.

Bell’s salary for the 2018-19 school year was $152,016.98. The contract calls for annual increases that would pay him $174,490.57 by 2023-24.

The contract was approved unanimously by the Hermitage school board at its June meeting. Before the vote, board President Tim Kizak credited Bell’s leadership in providing one-to-one electronic devices to students in fourth through 12th grades and controlling spending through negotiation of labor contracts with the district’s unions.

Kizak said Bell also helped students and the Hermitage community after two Hickory High School students were killed and two others were injured in a car accident earlier this year.

“With the events that unfolded in February, you really took the reins on that,” the school board president said.

Bell deflected Kizak’s praise, and said the credit lay with his fellow administrators and school staff.

“I am not beginning to take credit for that,” the superintendent said. “It’s not my accomplishment. It’s our accomplishments.”

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