Board of Education April 2014
Barlow - Two action items discussed during this month’s Board of Education meeting pertained to creating a maintenance shop foremen stipend and a BMHS Head Custodian stipend. The stipend for the maintenance shop foreman was set at 10% of an employee’s hourly rate.
This employee’s position mirrors that of a maintenance person; although, this individual will additionally have such responsibilities as scheduling daily tasks and taking inventories. This brings a savings of about $20,000, according to Superintendent Casey Allen from where the Board was with an additional employee.
The BMHS Head Custodian stipend was also set at 10% of an employee’s regular hourly rate. This individual will have additional responsibilities including but not limited to acting as a liaison between administration and custodial staff and working with the community regarding use of facilities. In short, both the foreman and Head Custodian will receive their base salaries with the additional stipend instead of hiring an additional individual.
In other business requiring Board action, the amended 2013-2014 school calendar was approved. Since the middle school and high school have already met the required 1,062 required hours of instruction, their schedules did not need to be amended. The elementary school, however, must add 18 minutes of instructional time, according to Director of Pupil Personnel Bob Wilson. These instructional minutes were added in place of recess. Wilson did say that physical activity has been incorporated into the schedule to make up for the lost recess time.
The Board also approved the Fiscal Year 2014/2015 calendar make-up schedule. In doing so, the Board considered the calendar committee’s determined course of action for snow days for next year. As it stands, the calendar allows for 15 snow days.
The Board additionally had to set a date for employees to receive a holiday since they will be working on Memorial Day. Employees are to have 6 holidays per year. The Board approved Friday, June 13th as the additional holiday for employees.
Two other items requiring Board action included approving reimbursement for textbook purchased for the district’s Gatton Academy student and approving the personnel report, which included the retirement of Janice Hayes, the non-renewal of Agriculture Instructor Danielle Reeser’s contract, the addition of two custodians. One employee is going on Maternity Leave.
Under reports and updates not requiring board action, the board discussed BMHS baccalaureate and graduation dates. Baccalaureate will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28th, and graduation will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 30th.
End-of-year testing dates were also discussed with an emphasis on assessment windows as set by the state, which are to take place during the last 14 days of instruction.
Regarding the renewal of the district’s auditor contract, Superintendent Allen told the board that the state has said that a district must provide justification for using the same auditing firm more than 3 years in a row. Since the district has been using Kemper for the last three years, it must accept letters for bids from auditing firms even if the district would like to continue with Kemper. Four letters for bids were dispersed, including one to Kemper. The board will make a decision regarding which auditing firm the district will use next year at the May board meeting.
In other business not requiring board approval, board members discussed employee raises for fiscal year 2015/2016. A state has mandated a 1% raise for FY 2015 and a 2% raise for FY 2016. According to Superintendent Casey Allen, the cost to the district depends on personnel.
The board also discussed the Superintendent’s Evaluation Report, which includes delivery targets and facilities and support systems. These targets are based on the school report card and the Teaching, Empowering, Leading Learning (Tell) survey.