Smith requests $25,000, WACO school board agrees to $30,000
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
CRAWFORDSVILLE — WACO School Superintendent Dr. Darrell Smith will be receiving a larger salary than requested.
Smith asked the school board for a $25,000 annual salary to head the district for the 2014-15 school term, but board members, meeting in regular session Monday night, insisted on paying Smith $30,000 — the same salary he received during the current school year.
“I don’t think we should cut Darrell’s salary because we will be in a pickle when he leaves,” said board member Todd Meyer. “We would have to pay a new superintendent four times that amount. He (Smith) can argue with me all he wants, but I don’t think we should cut it. What a wonderful thing to have him. He is worth every penny of his salary. I think we should leave him where he is at.”
The remainder of the board agreed with Meyer, setting Smith’s salary at $30,000 and giving the remainder of the administrators (principals and school business manager) 3 percent raises for 2014-15.
Although Smith is hired on a part-time basis, board members noted that Smith works many more hours than specified in his contract.
In addition to salary increases for administrators, school support employees (secretaries, buildings and grounds, custodians, cooks and teaching associates) received a 30-cent, per-hour raise. The total package reflects a 2.1 percent or $15,507 increase. Salary portion of the increase is $13,284.40. The remaining dollars are for benefits.
Board Vice President Gary Brose announced his resignation because he is moving from the district he serves (City of Wayland District 1). Brose’s term runs until September 2015. The board did not make any decisions on filling the term.
In other agenda items, the $25,634.26 bid from White’s Floor Covering of Mt. Pleasant was approved for carpeting in the junior/senior high school. Bruty’s Carpet Corner of Washington also submitted a bid of $29,225.25 on the project.
School annual progress goals for 2014-15 were approved.
Goals include the following:
Reading — All students in grades 9, 10 and 11 will increase their score by at least 5, 4 and 3 points, respectively, from the spring 2014 MAP test to the spring 2015 MPA test, with students in the advanced range maintaining advanced status.
Math — The percent of students in grades 4, 5 and 6 who reach the grade level proficient standard score of 189, 200 and 212, respectively, on the Iowa Assessments will increase.
Science — The percent of students scoring highly proficient (advanced) in 2nd through 11th grade on Iowa Assessments will increase.
Early intervention — The percent of students achieving a composite score on DIBELS Next at or above benchmark will increase from fall 2013 to spring 2014.
WACO did meet all of the goals for the 2013-14 school year, with the exception of math, directors were told.
The board also approved the hiring of summer maintenance help at the school. Help is needed with bleacher removal at the football field along with other projects. The board set compensation at $7.50 per hour for the help.
Finally, a compulsory attendance police was approved.
Some of the language in the policy is as follows:
“Parents within the school district who have children over age four enrolled in the statewide preschool program, over five and enrolled in the district’s kindergarten program, or over age six and under age 16 by September 15, in proper physical and mental condition to attend school, shall have the children attend the school district at the attendance center designated by the board. Students shall attend school the number of days school is in session in accordance with the school calendar. Students of compulsory attendance age shall attend school a minimum of 1,096 hours or in the case of preschool or kindergarten, a student will attend school a minimum of 1,080 hours.
“Students over age four on September 15 and enrolled in the statewide preschool program and students over age five on September 15 and enrolled in the district’s kindergarten program may not attend the minimum days only if the student’s parent notifies the district in writing of the parent’s intent to remove the child from the preschool program and/or from enrollment in the district.
“The principal shall investigate the cause for a student’s truancy. IF the principal is unable to secure the truant student’s attendance, the principal should discuss the next step with the superintendent who may refer the matter to the school board. If after school board action, the student is still truant, the superintendent shall refer the matter to the county attorney for students in grades 7-12. Truant students who have not yet completed sixth grade will be subject to the attendance cooperation process outlined in the supporting administrative regulation.”
Personnel matters saw the board approving Katherine Farrier’s contract as guidance counselor and assistant volleyball coach. She will be paid $30,962 for the counseling position and $2,310 as assistant volleyball coach. Justin Chambers’ contract as jayvee football coach also was approved. He will be paid $2,310.
School board members meet again in regular session Monday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the junior/senior high school media center.