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June 18, 2014

Loogootee board strikes deal with ex-superintendent

Weitkamp to be paid $116K over 5 years

LOOGOOTEE — The Loogootee School Board approved a deal with former superintendent Larry Weitkamp on Tuesday.

The deal allows Weitkamp to fully retire but will be paid the remainder of his contract, $116,323, over five years. The contract also pays for health insurance for an unspecified amount of time. He was originally due $105,822 by June 2015 from his original contract.

In September 2013, Weitkamp suddenly announced he was leaving as superintendent. Primary school principal Laura Mattingly Hannum was tabbed to fill the role on an interim basis. Last month, the board officially appointed Shoals superintendent Joan Keller to the position.

The board revealed publically last month that Weitkamp was still under contract with Loogootee. No official word was given as to why Weitkamp resigned.

After the board accepted the settlement agreement, they unanimously voted to accept Weitkamp's retirement, along with teacher Nancy Sterling. He worked in education for 44 years, according to board member Larry Craney.

"It's a long time of dedicated service from both of them," Craney said. "We appreciate both of them."

Keller was present at the meeting but did not speak. Mattingly Hannum is set to retire after 32 years as a teacher and administrator at the end of the month.

The retirement came during several personnel moves including assistant coaching changes and secretaries for the upcoming school year. Brandon Hagen was appointed to be the new band director and teacher.

In other business, the board agreed in principle to sell the old Elementary East building to Hoosier Uplands. The public health group will purchase the building for $110,000 in anticipated closing in March 2015.

Hoosier Uplands is applying for federal and state funding later this year to turn the former elementary school into senior housing. The group has taken former schools in Lawrence and other surrounding counties and has turned them into apartments for seniors.

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