During its regular meeting June 11, the Central Board of Education heard required reports and approved an amended salary schedule for next year.
Before beginning, the board approved several consent agenda items, including the adjustment of all line items in the 2018 budget to the actual expenditure amount; the adoption of the 2018 budget for the 2019 fiscal year; the appointment of Tammy Wadlow as the contact person for the Consolidated Federal Programs, homeless, immigrant and migratory students, Title IX, ADA, grievance officer, federal programs authorized representative, ESL/LEP programs and gifted; the appointment of Tracie Casey as contact person for Parents as Teachers; established Aug. 9 as the date for tax rate hearing; authorization for the superintendent to pay July bills; approval of bus routes for 2018-2019 school year; and approval of a youth suicide prevention and awareness policy and procedure.
Next, Tammy Wadlow gave several reports, beginning with a Title II (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) report.
Wadlow said that the district had received federal money last year to support the hiring of two class-size-reduction teachers, with one in first grade and one in third grade. Wadlow said the hope is for funds to be allocated again next year to continue the support of managing class sizes in the district.
Next, Wadlow reported on the Migrant Education Program, Homeless Children and Youth, and English as a Second Language. She said the district does not have any migrant children, but there are some that are considered homeless.
“I just want to remind you what the homeless definition is because it’s a little different in education,” Wadlow said. “Homeless children are individuals that lack a fixed, regular nighttime residence. This includes children who share housing with other individuals or who even live in a motel. They have some place they can stay, but because they are not living with their family in a permanent house, they are considered homeless.”
Wadlow said there are no immigrant students in the district, but there are three students in the English as a Second Language Program.
Lastly, Superintendent Dr. Desi Mayberry described the proposed salary schedule for certified and classified staff for next year. Mayberry thanked the district salary committee for coming up with a list of priorities, which made the process easier.
Mayberry said the proposed changes were intended to strengthen the district’s already strong salary schedule, specifically on the upper levels.
“Those of you who have been on the board for a long time know this — in beginning salary, we’re really strong,” Mayberry said. “We’re number one in all of Southeast Missouri, as a matter of fact. As we get to the back end of the salary schedule, that’s where other districts start gaining on us. So that’s where they focused the last two years in strengthening our schedule.”
The board approved the proposed salary schedule and adjourned the meeting.
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