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Supporting the kids: School Board hears reports, makes policies

Posted: Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Pictured are members of the KIDS FIRST Committee that successfully helped get the $22 million bond election passed to expand and renovate Huron’s elementary schools. Pictured are, from left, Chris Studer, Marty Kopfmann, Jodi Hegg, Shari Pyle, Artie Claeys, Garret Bischong, Rick Sabers, Paul Flanagan, Louise Van Poll, Megan Hartman and Dave Hinders. Other members include Bryan Smith, Bush Fullerton, Dan Wehde, Jed Klein, B.J. McNeil, Lisa Kopfmann, Peggy Woolridge and Shari Pyle. PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS STUDER

HURON — The Huron School Board took care of a lot of business, hearing seven reports and acting on 10 different items of business Monday night at its regular board meeting held in the instructional planning center located in Huron Arena.

The biggest decision or announcement was the ratifying of a new contract with Huron Education Association.

They passed five policies affecting the 2013-14 contract.

The first will reflect that evaluations and observations will include the Danielson Framework for teaching.

The second will reflect an hourly rate of pay for drivers’ education instructors of $24 per hour, and the following language will be added: “The driver education instructor’s base pay will increase at a rate equal to the average teacher salary increase each year.” This change in salary and language will be effective in 2014. The third will be modified to reflect the liquidated damages proposal by the Board of Education.

The fourth concerned health insurance, stating the dollar figures in that policy will be changed to reflect board payment of $500 on single employees and on a family, the board payment will be $833.

The final stipulation related to salaries. They will increase 3.5 percent based upon each teacher’s salary, with 90 percent of that 3.5 percent added to the hiring schedule base and the extra-curricular schedule will be increased 3.5 percent.

Also along employee benefits, the district has decided to change health care plans and move their coverage to Association of School Board South Dakota Protective Trust.

In a nut shell the premiums will actually drop with that plan and the plan has a history of modest to low increases per year. They also will accept any deductibles already made for the current year.

They renewed their workers’ compensation insurance with ASBSD and passed a resolution providing workers’ compensation coverage for the school board. The board also made several mostly clerical changes to Section C of the policy handbook.

The board also heard the district’s Business Manager Kelly Christopherson lay out a preliminary budget which has a projected $600,000 shortfall for the upcoming school year.

The board acted on a trio of South Dakota High School Activities Association matters, voting for an amendment that should streamline the student count for athletic directors as they try to classify schools, and casting ballots for Dan Whalen of Pierre High School and Tammy Rieber of Watertown for positions on SDHSAA boards.

The board approved five grants to go forward and be applied for. All five concerned the middle school.

They again denied any extension for the construction group working on the Madison addition. The final action the board took was to amend the academic calendar for the final day of school.

Wednesday, May, 22, will be the final day of school for students, with Thursday being a full in-service and staff development day followed by teacher check-out on Friday.

For the complete article see the 05-14-2013 issue.

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