October 28, 2020 - From Key News
A Message from Mr. Mensching
We are also seeing progress and moving forward with bond projects. As I said in my last message, we have two design teams working on plans - one is focused on Cass Career Center and the other is working on ECC, HES, and HMS projects.
At the board meeting, the board members reviewed two design options for work at Cass Career Center. The next step will be to estimate costs. Some of the CCC projects will be funded through the voter-approved bonds, while some will be funded through grants. The plan would be to start the bidding process after the first of the year. The work at CCC includes an addition for the Practical Nursing program (grant funded), renovation of the welding, agriculture, and fire science areas, remodel of the office area to provide a secure entrance, and the addition of a new classroom space for expanded programming.
With each meeting and plan design release, I am reminded how appreciative we are of our patrons' support of Propositions I+N. I look forward to the work to improve our facilities to provide the best education possible for our students.
September 17, 2020
Playground fence going in at McEowen to address a safety need at that school.
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.