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Keokuk School Board Deadlocked on Contract

Jun 26, 2014

The Keokuk School Board failed to extend the contract for Superintendent Tim Hood during a special meeting Wednesday night.

The one-year extension would have included a 2% increase in salary and benefits, but the board deadlocked on it 3-3.  

Mike Beaird, John Davis and Mark Pfaffe voted for the extension.  Jane Abell, Alka Khanolkar, and Carrie Steele opposed it. 

Sandy Stark was not in attendance for the vote, which followed a closed door meeting that lasted more than two hours.

Khanolkar said while the district is moving in the right direction, she does not feel Hood met his goals for the recently completed school year.

“We owe it to the community to be honest, truthful.  I feel that I have done the right thing as a board member," said Khanolkar.

Abell said she also voted against the extension because of the goals, but neither would elaborate because they said the goals were never made public.

Business Manager Greg Reynolds said after the meeting that he would look into whether the goals could be released.

Board President Mike Beaird supported the contract extension.  He said at this point, it is all a difference of opinion.

“We’ll get it taken care of.  It’s just a matter of getting all the information to everybody and we will go from there.”

Beaird said there could be additional factors causing the split vote, but he would not go into further detail citing personnel issues.

Hood’s current contract runs through June 2016.  He is scheduled to make nearly $160,000 next year.