June 21, 2007

Board of Education Approves $400 Base Pay Hike For Faculty

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, June 7 with six board members present. Gary Miller was absent.

The board’s salary committee presented a proposal for the 2007-08 fiscal year, calling for an increase of $400 to the base pay schedule. The committee also proposed changing the raise increment for staff members with a masters degree or higher or 16-29 years of experience to $300 per step and the increment for 30-35 years experience to $320 per step.

The committee recommended allowing all certified staff members to advance one-step on the salary schedule. Non-certified staff salary schedules will be increased and allowed to move one step on the schedule totaling a 2.75% pay raise. All other staff will receive a 2.75% increase to their salary.

The board voted 5-1 to accept this proposal. Board members Stacy Alexander, Scott Brassfield, Paul Campbell, George Koontz and Stacey Westhoff voted yes with the lone dissenting ballot cast by Bill Cottrell.

Superintendent Dave Shalley gave an update on the district’s facility upgrades that are underway. The board and guests performed a tour of the facility to view the progress of the summer work on the buildings. Shalley stated the lighting upgrades are nearly complete. The custodial staff has removed all of the ceiling tiles and the construction is moving along as planned at this point, he noted.

“Last month we had discussion concerning the conversion of the Industrial Arts Shop into a second Vocational Agriculture and Building Trades area,” Shalley stated. “The board toured the area to discuss options for the shop.”

The board voted 6-0 to advertise for bids for ceiling tiles to replace those at the high school that have been removed as part of the HVAC upgrade. Bids will be due back by noon, June 27th, and opened at the board meeting that evening.

The building upgrades have also generated some surplus property for the district.

“We have some lights and boiler parts which have been removed from the buildings, and some old sports uniforms we needed to declare surplus in order to dispose of, or advertise for sale,” Shalley reported.

The board voted 6-0 to declare these items surplus and advertise the lights and boiler parts for sale.

Executive Session

In other business, the board made a pair of adjustments to the faculty list during executive session.

The board voted 5-0 to offer employment to Lance Campbell as elementary math and physical education instructor. Paul Campbell left the room for the discussion and vote.

Earlier in the meeting the board accepted a letter of resignation from second grade teacher Meera Shinn. In executive session the board voted 6-0 to transfer Sharon Triplett to second grade to fill the opening vacated by Shinn.

Long Range Planning

The long range planning committee met twice in May to discuss needs of the district for the future. The committee generated a prioritized list, which was presented to the board.

Career Ladder Request

Sandra Eccles’ request to waive the second year of stage two of the district’s career ladder plan was approved by a 6-0 vote, allowing her to move to step three.

New Employee Picnic

The board voted 6-0 to set the date for the new employee picnic and the regular staff breakfast for Thursday, August 16th.

Equipment Lease

The board voted 6-0 to approve the three-year lease for 31 computers, 11 SmartBoards, 9 airliners (remote accessory for the SmartBoards), and 3 printers for a cost of $94,018 with a $1 buy out at the end of the lease.

Milk, Bread Bids

The district annually solicits bids for the milk and bread purchases for the school lunch program. This year’s milk bids were received from Anderson Erickson and Prairie Farms. Bread bids were received from Wonder Hostess and Sara Lee. The board voted 6-0 to accept the milk bid from Prairie Farms and bread bids from Wonder Hostess.

Overnight Trip Request

The Memphis FFA Chapter presented a request for its annual overnight stay at Camp Rising Sun July 2 through July 6. The board voted 6-0 to approve the trip request.

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