MP School District's faculty base salary increases to $31,515
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
A “rookie” teacher (rookie being defined as a teacher with no previous experience) in the Mt. Pleasant Community School District will be paid a salary of $31,515 during the 2013-14 school year, according to terms of the master contract between the Mt. Pleasant Education Association (MPEA) and the school district.
The contract was ratified by the school board Monday night and had been already approved by the MPEA.
School district officials said the $730 increase in the base salary (other teachers will receive a $730 increase as well on the wage schedule) and a $15 monthly increase in the district’s contribution to the health-insurance premium constitutes a 3.94 percent package increase.
In 2013-14, the district will contribute $547 monthly to teachers’ health-insurance premium as compared with $532 the past year.
In language changes, vacation days will be the following:
Thanksgiving break — Nov. 27; winter break — Dec. 23-Jan. 3, 2014; President’s Day — Feb. 17, 2014; and spring break — April 18-21, 2014.
Weather make-up days (if needed) are scheduled for Feb. 17, May 29-30 and June 2-4, 2014.
The two parties narrowly avoided binding arbitration in negotiations this year, the MPEA agreed to the settlement on June 26.
Superintendent of Schools Mike Wells advised the board that a Salem resident wishes to donate a parcel of land to the school district. The land (103x149 square-foot lot) is located to the west of the Salem Elementary School. The superintendent said the donor wishes to remain anonymous at this time.
“Nothing is finalized yet,” Well said. “The person has to buy the land and donate it first.”
He said a good use for the land might be a parking lot for the school. “One of the issues we face there is parking and we may use it for a parking lot.” Wells said the board will probably have to act on a resolution during the August meeting accepting the land.
The superintendent asked the board to consider a work session in late July or early August. Some of the topics Wells wants to discuss are his goals, school board goals, a five-year strategic planning process and district goals. The board agreed to have the work session on Monday, July 29, at 5:30 p.m.
Three directors — Lyle Murray, Regina Erickson and Brad Holtkamp — face re-election this year and Wells advised all to consider running again.
“We would appreciate all of you running again,” Wells began. “We have strategic planning coming up and even if you only serve a year, it would be helpful.”
Directors are elected to four-year terms and the board is divided into five districts and two-at large positions. Murray represents District 1, Erickson is in District 2 and Holtkamp, current board president, is from District 5.
Nomination papers are now available from the board secretary (Ed Chabal) and must be turned into Chabal by Thursday, Aug. 1, at 5 p.m. Fifty signatures are needed on the petitions for nomination.
Although the board raised hot-lunch prices by a dime this spring, they were forced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to raise prices another nickel because the district’s lunch prices did not meet the new USDA paid lunch equity requirement. The USDA updated the system in the middle of June.
New lunch prices will be $1.85 for elementary school lunches, and $2.05 for middle school and high school lunches. The state average hot lunch price is $2.50.
In personnel matters, directors approved contracts for the following:
Sherry Christensen, .3 time vocal music at Harlan Elementary; Sally Fager, Van Allen Elementary one-on-one para-professional; Brent Broeker, high school assistant varsity football coach; Holly Baird, Harlan Elementary special education instructor; Tina Peterson, bus attendant; Karen Wilkins, Van Allen one-on-one para-professional; Mallory Ludwig, food service (six hours per day); Healther Applegate, middle school special education instructor.
Resignations were accepted from: Dorothy Halm, special education bus driver; Brittany Lambert, high school math; Ashley Cole, Lincoln Elementary one-on-one para-professional.
Directors meet again in regular session Monday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at the central office.