SD2 board approves new superintendent's contract

2012-06-18T21:34:00Z 2014-08-25T10:16:46Z SD2 board approves new superintendent's contractBy ROB ROGERS rrogers@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

It's official. Superintendent Terry Bouck is on the books.

The School District 2 board voted unanimously Monday night to approve the contract of the new superintendent. 

"Thank you for your confidence," he told the board.

Bouck had attended the meeting by video chat from his home in Peninsula, Wash.

The contract was negotiated by the district's lawyer Jeff Weldon and its director of human resources, Jeana Lervick.

Bouck will earn $165,000 a year, receive a monthly stipend of $150 for in-district travel and a $60 monthly stipend for a cell phone.

But also in the contract is language that stipulates Bouck can never receive a raise greater than the raises given to the district's other employees.

It was a provision that Bouck required be in his contract.

Bouck expressed his excitement to start work in Billings — he begins July 1. He told the board his wife will be flying to town to buy a home while he finished up work in his current district.

Earlier in the meeting, trustees approved a $232,000 contract with planning and architecture firm O2/DLR to perform a districtwide masters facilities plan for SD2.

To pay for the plan, the district will use building funds, building reserve funds and grant money — all of which is required by law to be spent on building maintenance and upkeep.

Trustees also hired CropperGIS to perform a demographic study for SD2. The move to bring in Cropper is an attempt by the district to remedy the failure of its last demographic study, finished last year.

That study was found to have significant flaws because of questionable data. Trustees will have Cropper come in, use what it can from the Davis Demographics study and then complete a new study.

The new study will cost $50,000, the same price the district paid for the Davis study.

Also at the meeting, trustees voted to move to a paperless agenda, shifting it completely online in an effort to cut costs. The change will save the district roughly $58,000 over the next three years.

On average, the district spends about $17 per board packet it prints for each meeting. The district prints 30 packets per meeting, which costs roughly $80,000 over three years.  

The new software and service, which will cost $22,000 for the next three years, will automatically create the agenda and compile the packet, and it will make it all completely searchable online.

Printed agendas would be available upon request and cost 15 cents a page.

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