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Prairie Grove School District 46 Board approves contract for superintendent

The Prairie Grove District 46 School Board approved a new five-year contract for Superintendent John Bute at Tuesday night's meeting.
The Prairie Grove District 46 School Board approved a new five-year contract for Superintendent John Bute at Tuesday night's meeting.

The Prairie Grove School District 46 Board approved a new five-year contract for Superintendent John Bute at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The contract, which was posted on the district’s website Wednesday, runs July 1 through June 30, 2024.

He is entitled to 20 paid vacation days – exclusive of weekends and school year holidays – and 14 paid sick days each year that can accumulate year to year.

He also is granted four paid personal leave days each year, which can be carried over year to year and credited toward his sick days, according to the contract.

For the 2019-2020 school year, Bute will be paid $153,150. Salary increases in the remaining years of the contract must be equal to the percentage increase of the consumer price index used under the Property Tax Limitations Law for the levy for the prior year. The increase must not be less than 2 percent or greater than 3 percent, according to the contract.

Bute also could make an additional $20,000 over the term of the contract if the board agrees that he’s met his performance goals.

Bute and the board can create up to four annual performance goals. Each goal met will equate to a $1,000 noncumulative salary stipend.

The district also will reimburse Bute for miles traveled in his personal vehicle for district business. He will be reimbursed at the maximum IRS-allowable mileage rate.

Bute is allowed to partake in outside activities for compensation only with board approval and if such work does not interfere with his district responsibilities.

District 46, 3223 Route 176, occupies one building, which houses both an elementary school and middle school.

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