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Board ponders raises for non-certified staff

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Clay Community School Corporation School Board met for its monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 26, at North Clay Middle School.

In addition to the ratification of a contract between the corporation and the teachers, a proposal for raises for non-certified staff and administrators was on the agenda.

The administrators would receive the same increases as the teachers, a 2.5 percent back pay for 2006-07, and a 2.43 percent raise for the 2007-08 school year.

Non-certified staff would receive the one-time back pay, and those who retired between 2003 and 2006 would receive a $125 to $200 one-time payment.

The proposal, presented by corporation Business Director Mike Fowler, also raised hourly wages to be consistent with minimum wage requirements, as well as increased bus driver pay by 4.99 percent.

The proposal was voted on in two phases, one for cooks and one for the rest of the employees under the proposal. Both passed with six votes and one abstention. Ted Jackson abstained from voting for the administrative and non-certified raises, and Steve Grigsby abstained from voting on the cooks' raise.

Superintendent Dan Schroeder also proposed that administrators who do not have automatic contract roll over have their contracts extended by one year.

The extension would extend most of the contracts though the 2008-09 school year.

Administrators with administration licenses have an automatic rollover, unless they are notified they are being terminated.

The extension would affect directors in central office and the superintendent, not principals.

The issue was tabled until the next meeting to discuss wording and the categorization of administrators.

Meanwhile, Cheryl Jordan, Principal of Staunton Elementary School, gave a presentation to the board about the positive things her school is achieving.

Jordan said the school began the year with a retreat, and worked on using data assessment to implement strategies and goals. Staunton has a professional development school partnership with Indiana State University, which provides additional funding and research materials and credit vouchers for teachers who are continuing their education.

Staunton has also become a Kids Families and Community (KFC) school, and will have a case-manager provided by The Hamilton Center starting in January.

Jordan thanked KFC Coordinator Julie Romas for her help.

Staunton will be holding its annual Christmas program on Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. This year, in order for the whole school to participate, the program will take place at Van Buren Elementary School.

Also, student council members from Staunton will participate in the Salvation Army kettle drive in December.

Jordan also thanked the parents and Parent/Teacher Organization for their support and providing the staff "with the little extras they need."

The school board also heard a report from Technology Director Bill Milner. Milner said that new technology assistant Jason Pell was learning the ropes of the corporation.

When asked if he needed another assistant, Milner asked to wait to reevaluate until after Pell finished training.

Milner expected to have a report ready by February or March.

Other business addressed included accepting transportation bids for new buses and tires.

Transportation Director Frank Misner recommended the board accept bids from Nix Bus Sales for four 66-passenger buses for $255,666.80, Midwest Transit for three special purpose uses for $105,819.00, and Kerlin Bus Sales for one 48-passenger handicap bus for $69,378.00.

Misner also recommended the board approve a bid from Bedwell Tire for tires, and the board rejects fuel bids in order to get the best fuel prices day-to-day.

All three recommendations were approved unanimously.

The board also unanimously approved a donation of $500 to the Clay County Sheriff for their security at a Northview High School football game, in addition to the $300 donation made by the Northview athletic department.

The next board meeting will be held Dec. 6, at North Clay Middle School.

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The school board seemed very surprised that Superintenednet Schroeder wanted to give himself an extension on his own contract. It also seemed like the board didn't see this coming at all and weren't too happy about it. I am so glad that they tabled it.

Dr. Schroeder,

I don't think you need a one year extension on your already overpaid 5 year contract. I thought it was in poor taste to advocate for this on the night that the teachers finally got a new contract that they had been waiting for for 5 long years.

-- Posted by 5longyears on Thu, Nov 29, 2007, at 5:43 AM

2 things....

1. I was unaware of the contract extension that our fine Super offered himself. I too am very happy to hear that the board tabled this extension. I feel that in light of the fact Dr. Schroder is grossly over paid this couldn't have been more of a slap in the face to the teachers or the school board to bring this up at this time.

2. I am glad to hear of the positive things happening at Staunton. This is a breath of fresh air in the midst of all the turmoil that has surrounded our schools in recent times.

-- Posted by Gizmo on Thu, Nov 29, 2007, at 10:41 AM

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