410 board OKs pay raises for staff

Unified School District 410 Board of Education took action June 11 at its regular meeting to approve the master contract and pay increases for classified employees and administrators for the 2012-13 school year.

Superintendent Steve Noble, on behalf of district employees, expressed appreciation to the board for its ongoing commitment to ?putting people first.?

Action on salaries included:

? an average increase of 3.3 percent for teachers. Noble said the range varies from beginning teachers at about 2.5 percent to one teacher at 12.1 percent, adding that most teachers? increase is in the 3.5 to 4 percent range.

Percentages vary because they are determined by length of contract and education level, Noble said.

? a classified employee pay rate increase of 4 percent in addition to a further hourly rate of $9 for employees who have worked for the district for 12 months or more and earn less than $9 per hour;

? a $12 per hour pay rate for the evening custodian position;

? increase of 3.79 percent for administrators, except for the Hillsboro Middle School principal?s salary, which was bumped by 9.3 percent. Noble said the board made that decision so the salary will be nearer to what?s normative in surrounding districts.

? a 4.3 percent increase in the superintendent?s salary. Since being hired in 2009, he has completed a doctorate in educational leadership.

The board recognized Doris Maltbie, who is retiring as HMS custodian after 11 years of service.

Each building administrator presented reports to the board that included proposed changes for their handbooks for the next school year. Most of the changes involved updating information and clarifying language.

Evan Yoder, Hillsboro Elementary School principal, said the school?s site council plans to purchase four dry-erase markers for each student for the coming year, which reduces the number parents will need to buy.

?We don?t use chalk anymore,? Yoder said about the dry markers. ?We use the slate boards instead of paper.?

Greg Brown, HMS principal, reported the summer workshop on common core standards for English and language arts, and mathematics was being conducted that week. It involved teachers representing kindergarten through grade 12.

Brown also reported the daily class schedule has been drafted for next year. Also, consideration is being giving to moving next year?s eighth-grade promotion to the auditorium and moving the annual eighth-grade college and career field trip from spring semester to the fall.

Hillsboro High School principal Max Heinrichs, who distributed the proposed 2012-13 daily class schedule that includes 11 new classes, said HHS now has 20 approved pathways.

HHS classes will be offered in face-to-face, Blackboard and ITV formats, he said.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association has added two schools, Hoisington and Larned to the Central Kansas League for 2014-15, he said.

?It?s a long way for us but there?s no other option,? Heinrichs said about the change, adding that he anticipates appropriate adjustments can be made.

Also, Keith Goossen, maintenance and transportation supervisor, reviewed changes in the transportation handbook, and activities director Robert Rempel highlighted revisions in the athletic handbook, one being clarification about the fundraising policies for athletic teams.

During Noble?s review of the handbook for classified personnel, the board discussed the pay system change being implemented July 1 for classified personnel, who will now clock in electronically.

The board will take action on the handbooks and manuals at next month?s meeting.

In his superintendent?s report, Noble noted the impact of the recent redistricting, which changes representation for Hillsboro in the House and the Senate, and District 7 of the Kansas State Board of Education is now the area for USD 410.

?We?ve kind of got new people all around us,? Noble said. ?We?ve got to build new relationships with people.?

Chris Salzman, director of construction at Energy Systems Group, which specializes in providing solutions for building owners to maximize energy efficiency and operational performance, presented information about services offered by his company.

Noble said a representative from a different vendor will give a presentation at next month?s meeting.

Other business

In other business, the board:

? approved amendments to the 2011-12 budget for the following increases:

(1) $1,500 for at-risk 4-year-olds to cover additional expenses for substitute teachers and classroom aides;

(2) $22,500 for at-risk students in K-12 because additional students qualified for funding;

(3) $31,000 for the professional development fund to cover unbudgeted expenditures for summer work on common core curriculum, attendance at curriculum conferences and training, and building-level professional development and additional mileage.

? approved the 2012-13 master school calender?school starts Aug. 24;

? approved the preschool calendar, that ?by and large mirrors the USD 410 master calendar,? Noble said, excepts students don?t meet on Fridays, which are planning days for teachers;

? approved disposing of five rolls of rubber mats that were used for track and field;

? approved a contract for Ashlee Gann, who will replace Linda Ogden as FACT director. Gann?s 12-month salary is $35,000; Becky Freeman is the new preschool teacher.

Next month, the regular meeting will be July 9; a special meeting is planned for July 11.

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