TPS board approves Hilderley contract, appoints temporary supt.


In a special meeting Monday, Oct. 7, the Tecumseh Public Schools (TPS) Board of Education voted to approve the contract with newly chosen superintendent Rick Hilderley, who is currently superintendent of Bronson Community Schools.

Board President Tim Simpson and Secretary Kevin Johnson met with Hilderley last week to iron out the details of the contract, and board approval was the next step. Simpson said he would contact Hilderley to arrange a meeting for him to sign the contract.

Details of Hilderley’s contract include a $162,000 salary locked in for the term of the contract, which spans approximately three years, eight months and ends in June 2023. He will also receive an annuity of 3.5% of his salary, which equals $5,670 per year, and a term life policy of twice the amount of his salary. His vacation days for this school year will be prorated to 14 days; sick days will be prorated to eight days; and personal days will be prorated to two days. A full year contract will include 20 vacation days, 12 sick days, and three personal days. The vacation and personal days can be rolled over but must be used by August 31 of the next contract year; the sick days can be rolled over to a maximum of 90 days.

Hilderley will begin in his new role at TPS on Monday, Oct. 21, with possible short absences to assist in the transition in Bronson, and a pre-planned vacation the week of Thanksgiving. He previously spent 27 years at TPS as a teacher and principal from 1990-2017.

Due to the need to have a superintendent to make decisions and authorize payments in the interim, High School Principal Griff Mills was appointed Acting Superintendent until Hilderley’s first day on the job.

The next regular meeting of the TPS Board of Education will be Monday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Administrative Office Board Annex. Simpson said Hilderley expects to attend and to sign the contract before the meeting when he meets with TPS human resources to complete his hiring paperwork.


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