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Teacher negotiations continue

Staff writer

USD 398 board of education has tabled salaries for the 2010-11 school year because negotiations have not yet been completed and the teachers have not voted on an offer.

“The state requires the board to negotiate with the teachers — the certified personnel,” Superintendent Rex Watson said. “But the classified staff and the administration do not negotiate with the board. Those salaries are determined after the teachers’ negotiations are completed.”

Salary discussions for all staff members were tabled June 14.

Also on the agenda was discussion of the need to republish the 2009-10 budget. The district sold a roadster the automotive class built during the 2008-09 school year. To spend the proceeds, the budget for the past year needs to be increased.

Increasing the budget will not increase the taxes to district patrons; it will merely allow the money to be spent.

A budget hearing will be held in the central office at 6:30 p.m. June 28.

Peabody-Burns High School staff members Gene Green and Ann Leppke presented board members a plan for a new adventure club, open to any student in the high school.

The concept has met with success at other schools.

The program will be an extra-curricular activity with components such as fitness, cooperation, nutrition, fellowship, adventure, and being part of a positive experience.

Teachers will return to a future meeting with more information.

In other business:

  • An account had been established at Mid-Kansas Cooperative for the district’s proceeds from harvesting 26 acres of wheat. The board voted to sell the wheat across the scale.
  • An auction for land left to the school district by the Litton-Kliewer estate has been scheduled for 10 a.m. July 6 at the high school building.
  • After review, the district will maintain membership in Schools for Fair Funding for the coming school year.
  • The food program for 2010-11 was approved. Prices will be $1.85 for breakfast and $3.05 for lunch for adults, as recommended by the state; $1.25 for breakfast for preschool to grade 12 students, $1.75 for lunch for preschool to grade 6 students, and $2 for lunch for grade 7 to grade 12 students.
  • Resignations, effective immediately, were accepted from Darren Schroeder as head junior high volleyball coach and Eric Barnes as assistant high school girls’ basketball coach. Supplemental assignments for the 2010-11 school year were made for Leppke as head junior high volleyball coach and Brian Lightner as assistant high school girls’ basketball coach.
  • An athletic trainer service agreement with Pinnacle Sports Medicine and Orthopedics was approved for the 2010-11 school year.
  • Approval was given for two certified contract offerings; one to R. Shaleen Miller for a 59-percent vocal music position and one to Sara Grout as school social worker.
  • The board heard presentations about overnight trips taken by the band and Business Professionals of America club.
  • The board discussed personnel, teacher negotiations, and matters relating to a student in executive sessions, but took no action on return to open meeting.

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