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Fillmore Central teacher pay freeze?


Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

At a short meeting on July 28, the Fillmore Central School Board adopted some new policies and made some changes to others. They also approved some changes to the Root River Program handbook, as well as the High School handbook.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann explained there were a few changes to the family medical leave policy that came from the federal government. She also explained the changes made to the transportation policies. Last year some changes were made in regards to persons driving students in school vehicles. The legislature said the drivers must have the same regulations as bus drivers. Luehmann said this was going to cost districts a lot of money, as they would have to pay for physicals for anyone who drove students in a school van. This year, the legislature changed this to mean any person who was hired only to drive students. Paraprofessionals and people driving school vehicles will still have to have some training, go through the pre-trip checklists, and have a background check.

The board approved the other policies without any changes. The policies included things like student attendance, violence prevention, bullying, discipline, tobacco and discrimination.

Negotiations

Board member Craig Britton said that at a recent negotiations committee meeting they heard from teachers. The teachers proposed a $1,000 raise for the first year and $500 for the second year. Britton said the negotiations committee proposed a salary freeze for two years, with no steps or lanes. No action was taken.

Other Business

The school board accepted a donation of $4,000 from the Booster Club. The money will go to the athletic fund.

The board approved the following items:

- a child care leave starting in November for Becky Mueller, high school math teacher;

- the lease with SEMCAC for the Head Start room at the elementary school with an increase of $25 per month;

- Membership in the MSBA (Minnesota School Board Association) for the next year;

- The interagency agreement between Fillmore Central, Zumbro Valley Mental Health Services and Fillmore County Social Services for the Root River Program;

- The hire of custodian Brenda Hahn for two days a week from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.;

- The hire of Travis Malley as the seventh grade volleyball coach, with the stipulation that if there are less than 15 girls in both seventh and eighth grade together, they will not need a second coach.

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