SOUTH BEND — Before approving a $186,000 annual contract with South Bend Community School Corp.’s new superintendent, the vice president of the school board gave her an admonishment.
“Kind of remember,” Bill Sniadecki told Carole Schmidt, “when you start looking for budget cuts again, look furthest away (from the classroom).”
The district is facing a $10 million shortfall over the next two years, and among other things, Schmidt has unsuccessfully proposed that up to half of the district’s kindergarten aides be eliminated.
The school board had a special meeting this afternoon to approve Schmidt’s contract as permanent superintendent.
In addition to her $186,000 salary, she’ll receive a car allowance of $500 a month and computer equipment that can be used for school-related purposes at work or at home.