School District Staff Salaries to Increase
The Rugby Public School District No. 5 Board of Education met in a special session earlier this month to approve teacher contracts, staff and administrative salaries.
The board approved seven percent increases in salaries for administrative and ancillary staff, as recommended by Superintendent Mike McNeff, in fiscal year 2016.
The board approved a Fiscal Year 2016 & 2017 negotiated agreement between the Board Negotiation Committee and the Rugby Education Association, which included:
Base salary increases of $2,000 in FY2016 and $500 in FY2017.
Extracurricular salary percentage raises: wrestling cheerleading coach from 6.24 percent to 6.656 percent; student council from 3.04 percent to 4.6 percent; FFA as co-head positions at 17.44 percent each.
Single health insurance premium changed from 100 percent to 70 percent for employees taking insurance in the district to put in a medical or dependent care flex account.
A content area and leadership track with $200 per semester hour reimbursement for graduate school, provided the teacher stays with the district for three years from the start of the program.
Fifteen days of sick leave for care of a dependent.
The REA’s original proposal included a one-year contract with a $2,500 base salary increase; more sick leave time for care of a dependent; health insurance premiums at 100 percent single, 75 percent single plus dependent and 50 percent family; increase personal days from 3.5 to seven and clean-up of the emergency leave language.
To fund the proposed salary increases, discussion was held on removing welding classes from the budget. The district pays a $5,000 membership fee and half the instructor’s salary while receiving two classes. Board member Susan Schmaltz inquired as to whether welding could possibly be offered through the high school ag department. McNeff said he and RHS principal Jared Blikre would discuss that option, but also said cuts would have to come from another area if the board wasn’t in favor of removing welding classes.
Other items slated for removal from the budget were the purchase of a new vehicle for student and staff travel and the one-to-one initiative for electronic devices. State aid is expected to increase by eight percent in FY2016, but is expected to decrease in FY2017.
The board approved a quit claim deed to Chad & Stacy Duchscher for a one-acre tract of land that once had school buildings on it.
The board approved filing a petition to vacate a portion of the alley west of Ely, where the district owns the land on each side, to provide a grassy space for children to play. Letters would be sent to landowners on that city block explaining why a portion of the alley will be closed.
The board discussed building improvements at Ely and the high school. At Ely, tiles containing asbestos will be removed from the kindergarten rooms, and the carpet in the computer room and in sixth grade teacher Mike Santjer’s room will be replaced. The carpet in the high school library is also expected to be replaced.
The board approved the designation of precincts and the high school commons area as the official polling place for the school election, and approved moving the regular meeting and meeting for canvassing results to Monday, June 22 at 7 p.m.
The board discussed dissolving golf partnerships with Leeds and Minnewaukan.
The board approved a second reading for changes in jury duty policy. The previous policy did not provide detail for procedures when jury duty leave is taken.
The board and McNeff discussed a new method for principal evaluations, the Marzano model. Principals are to be evaluated on continuous improvement, school climate, cooperation and collaboration, guaranteed and viable curriculum and data-driven focus to improve instruction.
The board met with Kathy McCracken, North Central Area Career & Technical Center. McCracken informed the board that the North Central Distance Learning Center and NCACTC offer ITV and classroom courses in FACS, accounting, child development, emergency medical technicians, sports medicine, veterinary science, welding and computer courses to 12 member schools at a cost of $600 per student per class with a $5,000 membership fee; Nedrose Public School will become a member school in July; two ITV groups are merging; ITV membership fees are expected to increase from $3,000 to $3,500.
The board met with high school social studies instructor Kevin Leier, who discussed the trip to Peru, on which 30 students and four adults would be going. The district would incur the cost of bussing those going to Bismarck.
The board approved the consent agenda, which included minutes from the April 14 regular meeting, the bills and financial statements for April, the hiring of two new teachers and a resignation.
The board approved the hiring of Kyle Kemp, who will replace Jacob Nissen as a high school science instructor. Nissen submitted his resignation in April.
The board heard the Ely Elementary school report from Principal Jason Gullickson; the high school report from Blikre; the district report and legislative update from McNeff and the financial report from Business Manager Dawn Hauck.
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