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Limestone superintendent gets 4-year contract

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

With a 7-1 vote, the Limestone County school board gave Superintendent Barry Carroll a new contract that extends to 2012.

The four-year contract is Carroll's third since Limestone appointed him in November 2001.

"I appreciate the board's confidence in me," Carroll said. "We work well together, and everyone on the board is looking out for the best interest of the children. We are all trying to do the right things together."

School board President Bryant Moss cast the lone vote against the contract extension. He reiterated a stance he made in June that he thinks the county needs a "fresh perspective" and a change in leadership.

The board approved an intent to offer a new contract at the time. Moss would not go into his problems with Carroll.

Carroll said he has talked with Moss and tried to address his concerns and make changes, but he wasn't sure what other problems Moss has with him.

"Maybe he'll tell me later," Carroll said.

With the 7 percent pay raise the state Legislature approved this spring, he now makes $129,533 plus benefits. Some of those benefits include:

  • An additional 30 days of annual vacation over and above the school system's observed holidays. If he doesn't use them, the school system will pay him for unused days at the end of the contract year on June 30.

  • A $750,000 life insurance policy paid for by the school system.

  • Major medical family health and hospitalization insurance coverage with the school system paying premiums.

  • Disability insurance.

  • A board-provided vehicle for school business.

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