Hammond has 30 administrators making over $100,000 per year according to the Department of Local Government Finance. In Lake County, Hammond Superintendent Dr. Walter Watkins had the highest reported salary among all superintendents in 2016.
November 4, 2017-In response to a question by the Gazette regarding pay raises for administrators, Hammond School officials have responded that “Administrator wages and benefits will be considered in conjunction with negotiations with other employee groups.” The response came after the Gazette asked the Board if they would consider a salary freeze for administrators if the referendum passes. School officials have stated that the majority of the $10M per year operating referendum would go to teacher salaries. The response, which you can see below, would indicate that administrators will receive percentage pay increases in line with teachers. Hammond Superintendent Dr. Walter Watkins is the highest paid superintendent in Lake County. Hammond also more administrators making over $100,000 per year than any other school district in Lake County according to figures from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.
Hammond residents are encouraged to go to the polls on Tuesday November 7 where voters will be asked to vote for at total of $180M in tax increases. Residents can vote Yes or No on each.
For Hammond residents, the first question will ask for additional funding for operations and would raise taxes by 44 center per $100 of assessed valuation for seven years. The question presented on the ballot will be:
For the seven (7) calendar year or years immediately following the holding of the referendum, shall the School City of Hammond impose a property tax rate that does not exceed forty-four cents ($0.44) on each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of assessed valuation and that is in addition to all other property taxes imposed by the school corporation for the purpose of funding teaching positions, staff positions, and educational programming?”
The second question will ask for funding for capital improvements and would raise taxes by .3598 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for 20 years. The question presented on the ballot will be:
“Shall the School City of Hammond issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance the construction of a new high school and comprehensive renovation, improvements and safety upgrades to various School Corporation facilities, including the equipping thereof, which is estimated to cost not more than $110,625,000 and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for debt service by $0.3598 per $100 of assessed valuation?”
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