USD 410 board approves $625 bump to salary base for 2010-11

The Unified School District 410 Board of Education approved employee contracts for the 2010-11 school year at its regular meeting Monday.

The board unaninmously approved the master contract that included a $625 increase to the base of the salary schedule.

Subsequently, the board voted to add a 1.28 percent increase to all administrative salaries and wages for classified employees for 2010-11.

The board also approved the classified contract information that clarified language regarding paid holidays, sick leave and retirement.

These actions followed the board?s decision to approve the amended budget, which increased monies for at-risk students and bilingual education.

Because the base state aid for pupils will remain at $4,012, Superintendent Steve Noble proposed the district add back the annual musical and drama productions previously cut from the budget.

?While all cuts the board considered in 2009-10 were difficult, this cut is a direct program for kids, and one that we all struggled with implementing,? Noble said.

?While the present budget situation for our schools is precarious at best, we are able to reinstate this budget and meet our budgetary obligations for 2010-11 without using reserves.?

The board approved a motion with supplemental positions for the directing positions to be paid with district funds as per the master contract.

In other business, the board:

? heard from Keith Goossen concerning planned facility projects for the summer months. Projects listed include working on the sewer line and maintenance of heating and cooling units at the elementary school, maintenance of the district?s five boilers and connecting smoke detectors to the fire alarm system.

? approved proposed changes for the high school and middle school handbooks.

? approved HMS Site Council bylaw changes.

? accepted resignations from Karen Elliott as Parent as Teacher parent educator and Gita Noble as part-time ESOL aide.

? approved contracts for Gita Noble as part-time sixth-grade math teacher, Shirley Baltzer as full-time music teacher, Lynn Just for five-day instrumental contract and Linda Ogden as Community in Schools director for 2010-11.

? approved revised PAT contracts for 2010-11. Director Lori Soohoo presented the changes that will involve three staff members absorbing the hours previously covered by Elliott.

? approved amended amount of $1,400 to TwoTrees Technologies for the three-year warranty for 140 HMS laptop computers.

? approved the revised 2010-11 school calendar for 191 days.

? heard a report from board member Mark Rooker regarding TEEN. He said there is a promising bid for leasing fiber between Herington and Hillsboro.

? heard a report from board member Debbie Geis regarding the Marion County Special Education Cooperative.

?Special ed is pretty calm at the moment,? Geis said.

? received an invitation from Noble to attend an upcoming Kansas Association of School Boards community education event.

? met in executive sessions for an hour to discuss matters related to negotiations and personnel at the beginning of the meeting.

Board member Dale Klassen was absent from the meeting.

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