June 30, 2020
Board takes steps to move forward with bond projects
The Board of Education took action on two items at the June 30th board meeting as it relates to the bond issue. First, the Board appointed board members Nancy Shelton & Doug Alexander to serve on the committee to interview Construction Manager At-Risk. Then, later in the meeting, the board approved the Hollis+Miller contract as the district's architect for bond projects.
Also during the meeting, the board heard information from the district's bonding company, LJ Hart regarding funding options for bonds.
The full Board of Education meeting summary & video can be viewed here.
June 17, 2020
Board approves salary increases for all staff
During a special meeting on June 16, 2020, the Board of Education approved salaries for all staff for the 2020-21 school year.
Thanks to the passage of Proposition I - an increase to the operating levy “for the purpose of attracting and retaining quality staff through salary increases” - teachers will see a $2500 increase to the base salary with an additional step of at least $500. All other staff will see a $3,000 increase.
“By increasing salaries by a flat amount, our most underpaid staff will see a larger percentage increase,” said Superintendent Paul Menshing.
For classified staff, the hourly rate moved from $9.25 to $10.80 for a beginning, 10-month employee. The salary for a teacher who is in their second year in the district moved from $35,000 to $38,000. Salaries are based on years of experience for all staff and for certified staff, college hours beyond a bachelor’s degree are also factored in.
Voters approved a 50 cent increase to the operating levy on June 2. In addition, they approved a $22.7 bond issue which will result in a debt service levy rollback of 10 cents. The total levy for the district will be $5.4772.
Superintendent Paul Menshing said, “We are so appreciative of our community's passage of these initiatives which support our focus areas of life-ready graduates, high-quality staff, financial stability, and community. We are happy to be able to begin implementing the improvements you approved and demonstrate good stewardship of your investment."
Additionally, the Board approved an increase in substitute teacher pay from $86/day to $100/day."
Prior to the meeting, the Board participated in a budget work session during which they heard from the Hollis+Miller Architects about next steps for bond projects. During the meeting, the Board voted to use a construction manager - at-risk to coordinate and manage the bond projects.