KATY (Covering Katy News) – Katy Independent School District superintendent Lance Hindt walked away from a five-year contract worth approximately $2 million or more when he announced his retirement due to what he called “a relentless smear campaign” against him and his family.
Before Greg Gay made his accusation that Hindt had bullied him when they were in junior high school, the board had extended Hindt’s contract due to his positive job performance. Hindt has about five years remaining on his contract.
Hindt’s contract includes provisions for a two-year severance before the end of the five-year term. Media reports put the value of that payout in the neighborhood of three-quarters-of-a-million-dollars.
The updated contract also requires Hindt to pay up to $25,000 for the pending lawsuit against those involved in the campaign that attacked him, his staff, family members and namesake O.D. Tompkins
The board is concerned that the best candidates for Hindt’s job will not apply because they fear being treated the same way as Hindt by residents of the Katy school district. Given statements made by board member Bill Lacy at Thursday night’s meeting, it appears evident that living up to the provisions of Hindt’s contract becomes vitally important as the district attempts to recruit the best candidate for the job.
“The grave concern given the last several months is how difficult will it be to find the superintendent this community needs rather than the superintendent who needs Katy,” Lacy said.
Hindt is 53 years old. He came to Katy ISD with a sterling reputation among Texas superintendents. He met or exceeded all expectations of the school board. Greg Gay made his bullying accusation, the relentless campaign to bring Hindt down began, and Hindt stepped aside because his family said it was all too much. It’s not likely that he’ll ever be able to work in public education again. There is a belief among many that Hindt’s career would not have been destroyed had he not returned to his hometown of Katy.