This Is Why You Read the Fine Print: Indy School Board Approves "Superintendent Emeritus"


The Westside Indianapolis Wayne Township School District got a $1 million surprise when superintendent Terry Thompson retired at the end of 2010, activating the retirement package he'd renegotiated in 2007. From the Indianapolis Star: 

Thompson, 64, who retired in December after 15 years with the district, already has received more than $800,000 of his retirement deal, which included a year's base pay at more than $225,000, as well as contract provisions that kicked in hundreds of thousands more.

But that's not all.

The contract also created the position of superintendent emeritus—a position that has been paying Thompson $1,352 a day since his retirement to advise his successor, among other duties. That amount, over the 150 days laid out in the contract, would pay him more than $200,000—bringing the total to more than $1 million.

The school district attorney that reviewed the contract, Jon Bailey, had this to say: 

"In hindsight, I wish I had done more to inform the board," Bailey said, adding that at the time, he thought the board was aware of what they were signing.

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