June 9, 2005

SCR-I School Board Approves 2.8 Percent Raise For Teachers

Local teachers will see a small increase in their paycheck in 2005 and also will receive additional benefits. The Scotland County R-I Board of Education approved the salary committee’s proposal at the regular meeting of the board on May 26.

Jeannie Childress, representing the teacher’s salary committee, was present and made a proposal for employee compensation for the next fiscal year.

Following a review of all information, the Board voted 7-0 to increase the total compensation for all employee salaries by 2.8% for the next fiscal year.

The proposal will also allow one sick day to be used as a personal day, once the teacher has been employed by the district for six years. The benefit will allow for a total of three personal days. The board agreed to allow one more sick day to be used as a personal day on the 15th year of employment for a maximum of four days.

Non-certified sick leave will be allowed to accumulate to 60 days.

The Board voted to allow 10 sick days for all staff the first two years of service with certified staff members going to 12 sick days per year after that. The non-certified will remain at 10 days per year.

The Board adjusted the mileage rate to the state rate of 37.5 cents per mile for reimbursement for staff members traveling on school business.

Curbing Update

Superintendent Dave Shalley reported to the Board on the status of the curbing project of the Mi-Lor addition. The board received two inquiries about the project following the first solicitation for bids, but neither party submitted an official bid. The project has been re-advertised with bids due on May 31st.

Bus Bids

The board voted 7-0 to purchase a new 53-passenger bus outfitted with a handicapped lift. The winning bid was received from Central States, for a Bluebird model.

The district received bids from three companies. The non –winning bids were from Midwest Transit with a bid for $56,185 for an International bus and Ponder Equipment for $57,421 for a Thomas bus.

All bus bids were diesel and met comparable specs.

Booster Club

Representatives for the SCR-I Booster Club met with the board to discuss seventh grade basketball, baseball and future projects for the organization. Last year the Booster Club provided funding to pay the salaries for the seventh grade basketball coaches after the positions had been eliminated by the school’s budget cuts.

The Booster Club asked the district to pay one of the seventh grade coaches’ salaries, with the club paying the other for the 05-06 year.

There was no action taken by the board at this time.

Energy Audit

Tim Schryver, a representative of the Trane Company, met with the board to discuss performance contracting and possible updates to the district’s buildings.

The company has offered to visit the school and perform an energy audit of the buildings at no cost to the district. The audit would only be a preliminary procedure with no obligation required. Schyver indicated he would contact the school to set up a date to perform the audit.

Procedural Evaluations

Rhonda McBee, the District’s Special Programs Director, gave procedural evaluation plans to the Board for Title I, Title II A & D, Title IVA, Title V B, Title VI B and Special Services. The Board voted unanimously to accept the reports as presented and to take her recommendations under advisement.

Special Education

McBee also informed the Board of the nuances of the special education program and informed members that the district was required to accept the special education assurances as required by statute so that the district will be eligible to receive state special education monies for the year 2005-2006. The Board voted unanimously to accept the assurances as outlined in Mrs. McBee’s report.

Employee Benefit Rates

The Northeast Missouri Insurance Co-op consisting of 10 schools recently met and approved rates for the 2005-06 school year for all school personnel. The provider of the vision plan has been changed from VSP to Spectra; however the benefits are similar with the premium slightly less per employee. A voluntary dental plan will be offered to those employees wishing to participate. There is no premium increase over last year for the health and life insurance. The Board voted 7-0 to accept the proposal for employee insurance.

Overnight Trip

FFA Advisor Bill Cottrell submitted an overnight trip request for board approval. Cottrell requested permission for eight students to attend Camp Rising Sun during the week of June 20th – 24th. The Board voted 7-0 to approve the trip.

Bank Options

The district’s current bank agreement includes three, one-year options after the end of the existing two-year agreement. The option needed to be exercised by June 1st for the district to maintain the current agreement. The Board voted 7-0 to extend the current option with Bank of Kirksville with increased benefits for the 2005-06 fiscal year.

Executive Session

In executive session, the Board approved minutes of the previous meeting and voted 7-0 to offer employment to the following individuals for the 2005-2006 fiscal year:

Sam Berkowitz (5th/6th grade); Kathy Stovall, (high school math); Ryan Anderson, (high school science); Jason Hannam, (P.E.); Andrea Dabney, (Athletic Director); Jerri Mohr (District Bookkeeper); and Michella Hull (Superintendent Secretary).

Andrea Dabney, Ken Cross, and Rob Moore presented a list of extra duty assignments. The following extra duty assignments were approved 7-0: Terri Slaughter – Varsity Softball; Ched Hurley – Assistant Varsity Softball; Kelli Swearingen – Jr. High Softball; Jo Beth Harvey – Assistant Jr. High Softball; Brent Bondurant – Head Coach Varsity Football; Doug Baker, Nathan Pippert and Jason Hannam (Weight Club) – Assistant Varsity Football; Jason Hannam and Doug Baker – Jr. High Football; Kelli Swearingen – Varsity Girls Basketball; Ched Hurley – Assistant Varsity and J.V. Girls Basketball; Ryan Bergeson – Varsity Boys Basketball; Doug Baker – Assistant Varsity & J.V. Boys Basketball; Andrea Dabney – 7-8 Grade Girls Basketball; Jason Hannam – 7-8 Boys Basketball; Andrea Dabney – Varsity Girls Track; Jo Beth Harvey – Jr. High Girls Track; Doug Baker – Jr. High Boys Basketball; Denise Blaine Varsity Football Cheerleader and Terri Bulen Varsity Basketball Cheerleading; Barbara Campbell – Varsity and Jr. High Campus Bowl; Marie Brown – Poms; Terri Bulen – Freshmen Class Sponsor; Jennifer Morgan – Sophomore Class Sponsor; Carol McCabe, Jo Beth Harvey, Jim Morgan – Junior Class Sponsor; Brooke Wineinger – Senior Class Sponsor; Bill Cottrell – FFA; Katy Gwinn – FCCLA; Jamie Hicks – Band & Chorus – Sr. High; Gary Hunziker and Jo Beth Harvey – National Honor Society; Mary Couch – Play Director; Carol McCabe – FBLA; and Lori Fulk – Elementary Music.

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