School board approves budget, teacher contract


The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Board of Trustees met Oct. 23. The next school board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the central office, 13485 Cumberland Rd., Fishers.

What happened: The board approved the 2020 operating budget.

What it means: The $250.7 million contract was approved, which allows for increases in the district’s education fund and a decrease in the operations fund. The budget also includes a capital projects and bus replacement plan. The board voted 7-0. Read more at



What happened: The board approved a drainage easement agreement for a property, Sand Creek Elementary.

What it means: Mike Reuter, CFO at HSE, presented the request for the easement agreement.

“A few years ago, the board approved an agreement with Central States Tower to construct (a cell tower) and lease premises on Sand Creek Elementary property, just north of Fishers High School. That agreement was approved some time ago, but (Central States) has been trying to get through the permitting process. The surveyor is asking for some adjustments in the drainage easement.”

The board voted 7-0.


What happened: The board approved a two-year teacher contract.

What it means: The two-year contract that goes through June 30, 2021 will give HSE teachers an average 5.68 percent pay raise this year and an average 3.29 percent increase in the 2020-21 school year. The contract also offers more options to the health benefit plan. Overall, the cost of the contract in the first year is $7,330,082, and the second year is $3,228,604, for a total cost of $10,588,686.

The board voted 7-0.


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