The Scotland County Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, June 21, 2018.  President Christy Aylward called the regular meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with seven members present.

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson presented the monthly financial update. Year-to-date revenues for the district are $6,487,693.27 with year-to-date expenses at $5,830,031.19.

“This leaves us with a surplus of $657,662.08 at the end of May,” Bergeson told the board. “The budget surplus will level out considerably as we still have June and July payrolls as well as summer school, career ladder, and extended school year payrolls, and end-of-year expenses. We will also see some revenues in June.  We will monitor our financial situation closely as we finish out the fiscal year.”

Salary Proposal

The Board voted 7-0 to accept the salary committee proposal for the compensation and benefit packages for the 2018-19 school year.

Four different health insurance options will be available for employees with the district contributing $500 monthly to the expense.

Three separate deductible level plans are available, with the corresponding difference in premium being added to a health savings account for the employee. The high deductible plan of $6,550 will cost the district $363.05 a month with the remaining $136.95 being placed in the employee’s HSA. The $4,000 deductible plan will cost $405.70 a month with a $94,30 HSA contribution while the $3,000 deductible plan will cost $427.54 with the remaining $72.46 a month going to the HSA.

The district will also offer a $1,500 deductible PPO health insurance account for $642.87, with the employee responsible for $142.87 of the cost per month.

The district will also fully fund vision insurance as well as a $25,000 life insurance policy for each employee.

The approved salary policy establishes a base salary of $31,000 for faculty members next year, a $500 raise, or a 1.61% increase.

All returning eligible certified employees will take a step up on the salary schedule, combined with the base rate increase, producing a 2.47% total salary increase.

As part of the proposal, the board approved continued district funding of the Career Ladder and provide an increase from $900 to $100 for Step 1 participants; $1,800 to $2,00 for Step 2; and $3,000 to $3,250 for Step 3 participants.

Those employees not on a salary schedule will receive the comparable percentage raise. The board adopted the non-certified salary schedules as presented which represent a comparable increase to the base salary (1.61%) and approved giving all returning noncertified employees a step on the salary schedule.

Para Professionals will continue to be paid on 1,350 yearly hours (174 school days + 6 holidays) and will be expected to attend 6 Professional Development Days as assigned on the 18-19 school calendar and attendance will be at the discretion of the administration.  The professional development hours will be paid based on the number of hours worked and will not count toward the 1,350 yearly hours.  Professional Development time logs will be paid in the month following the meetings.  Contract time is from 7:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

The proposal also called for a raise for the substitute teacher rate to $80/day

The district will offer up to $500 in employee bonuses for perfect attendance, including a $200 employee bonus for each semester with perfect attendance and an additional $100 bonus for perfect attendance for the entire school year.

Employees holding only a Vocational career certificate for trade and industrial (Building trades) will not be frozen but must attend 3 of 5 years MoACTE annual meetings to advance. Proof of attendance must be provided to the central office, by the employee.

The proposal established stipends of $5,000 for the Speech Pathologist Position; and $3,000 for two Technology Assistant Positions.

The following salaries were also established – Bookkeeper – $46,700 Salary; Elementary Principal – $60,910 + $4,000 (Federal Programs) Salary; High School Principal – $73,780 Salary; Nurse – $31,630 Salary; Superintendent – $111,650 Salary; and Transportation Director – $35,865.

2018-19 Budget

The 2018-19 proposed budget was presented to the board.  The revenues reflect a local tax rate that is estimated at $3.5376, using a projected assessed valuation of $69,693,905, and figuring a Hold Harmless Designation on the State Formula.

The budget projects revenue totals at $6,621,873.00. Expenditures, including the salary proposal were projected at $6,982,764.85, resulting in a projected deficit of $360,891.85.

“The many building improvements, program expansions, iROAR technology initiative, additional staffing, and the rising costs of operation have led to the projected increase in expenditures for the 18-19 budget,” said Bergeson.

The board voted 7-0 to adopt the budget.

 Electronic Engineering Presentation – Electronic Engineering provided a presentation at the school board meeting.  The presentation included a demonstration of how their platform could integrate with our current security system for video surveillance and exterior door security.

Over-Expenditure Resolution – It is required, by law, that the Board pass a resolution stating the budget for expenditures for a fiscal year be amended to match actual expenditures in each overspent line for the year.  The board voted 7-0 to adopt this resolution.

Tuition Rates

The Board voted 7-0 to establish the tuition rates for fiscal year 2018-19. The rate for K-12 tuition was set at $8,500.

Bread, Milk, and Grocery Bids

The board voted 7-0 to accept the firm milk bid from Prairie Farms, the bread bid from Bimbo Foods, and the grocery bid from Kohl Wholesale for the 18-19 school year.

New Employee Picnic and Staff Breakfast

The staff welcome back employee breakfast will be August 15, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. and the new employee picnic will be August 15 at 6:30 p.m.  Both meals will be served in the High School Commons.  The Elementary Back to School BBQ will be Thursday, August 17.  More information about the Back to School BBQ, Registration, and Orientation will be released in July.

Staff Surveys

The board discussed staff surveys for evaluation purposes.

Resignation

The board voted 7-0 to accept a letter of resignation from custodian Rob Egenberger.

July Board Meeting

The board meeting has been set for Monday, July 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Elementary Art Room.  This meeting date was selected to avoid scheduling conflicts with the Scotland County Fair.

Open session closed at 9:20 p.m.

Executive Session

In closed session the following items were approved:

Approve May 8 closed session minutes, 7-0

Assign Ryan Anderson as a Technology Assistant, 7-0

Assign Trenton Tallman as a Technology Assistant, 7-0

Hire Teresa Cotton to fill the position of Kindergarten teacher for the fall semester of 2018-2019 under the Critical Shortage guidelines, 7-0

Hire Cali Smith to fill the Kindergarten position for the Spring Semester for 2018-19, pending certification, 7-0

Update Superintendent Contract, 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 10:30 p.m.