April 29, 2004

Teachers Will Continue To Climb Career Ladder

With the 2003-04 school year heading into the final month, the Scotland County R-I School Board worked through a relatively light agenda at the April 21 meeting of the board of education.

Faculty member Ken Cross represented the SCR-I certified staff and presented a proposal to continue the schools Career Ladder Plan for the 2004-05 school year.

The Career Ladder Program is a variable match program established in 1985 by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The purpose of the program is to reward excellent educators for the work they do over and above what is required of good educators. A district, such as SCR-I, which chooses to participate in the program must develop a plan and submit that plan to DESE.

An educator who chooses to participate in the program must meet certain criteria prior to participation and also must agree to complete a career development plan. That plan designates the academic activities that the educator will perform outside contracted time. An educator may progress through the three stages of the Career Ladder as long as he/she meets the criteria for each stage.

Completion of the program earns the educator an additional salary stipend funded by the state.

Last year 339 school districts across the state participated in the program.

Cross presented a request to the SCR-I board to continue the local career ladder plan at the existing levels for all three stages. The board voted 5-0 to approve the proposal with payment to be at the same percentage rate that the career ladder program is funded by the state.

Last year the career ladder plan received a 3.9 percent funding cut at the state level.

MSBA Updates

In other business, the board reviewed 18 policy updates provided by the Missouri School Board Association. The updates dealt with law changes and other legislative updates to the districts policy manual. The board voted 6-0 to approve all updates.

Trip Requests

A number of teams and clubs received board permission for overnight trips to attend state events.

The boys and girls track teams were granted permission to travel to Jefferson City and stay overnight May 21 for the state track meet, provided SCR-I athletes qualify for the state competition.

The board gave permission for the SCR-I golf team to travel to Springfield and stay overnight May 16 and 17. The trip is pending the teams qualification for the state tournament.

The final trip approval was granted to the SPRINT Club for its annual field trip. The group will travel to Chicago May 21 and 22.

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