School board approves 2.07% raise for administrators
By GALE PIFER, Contributing Reporter
The Madison Central School Board reviewed the preliminary 2013-14 school budget and completed salary negotiations for both administrative and classified employees during the regular meeting on Monday night.|
The budget for the upcoming school year is $8.7 million below the current year, due mainly to a reduction in the capital oytlay fund. Capital project amounts for the next school year are listed at $5.4 million with bond redemption proposed at $394,000. The preliminary budget totals $17.5 million. Income figures include $7.9 million in total local revenue, $6.4 of which will come in property taxes. State funding was calculated at $2.96 million.
June 10 at 7 p.m. was set as the date for the school's budget hearing.
The negotiation package approved by the school board included a 2.07-percent average increase for administrators and a 26-cent-per-hour hike for classified employees. The board also voted to provide an increase in health-care participation up to $20 per month. All staff members who are employed by the district for more than six months during the school year will also get a one-time stipend of $250; those employed less than six months get half that amount.
Special education staff summer hours were approved. Paula Kingery said there are 151 students taking part in the special education summer program.
In other business, the board approved hiring the accounting firm of Quam & Berglin to conduct the annual school audit. Superintendent Vince Schaefer reported only one teaching position is yet to be filled for the next school year. New teachers hired for the 2013-14 academic year include Karen Rahn and Steven Gors as middle school language arts instructors; Martin Konechne as an elementary physical education teacher; Joe Bundy as high school social studies instructor; and Glynnis Kunkel in a high school English position.
Bob Lucas was hired as a seasonal groundskeeper with Matthew Graff and Carter Kasuske as summer custodial workers. Diane Aus and Charla Callahan handed in their resignations as prom advisers.
Schaefer also told board members that Madison Central students did extremely well in obtaining scholarships to further their education. He said more than $500,000 in scholarships was earned "and more are to come. There just are a lot of positive things happening," he said.
The superintendent did tell board members that he had some concerns with the funding formula study currently under way in the state, especially as it pertained to the amounts proposed for the various tax levy classifications. The topic is expected to come up when the Association of School Boards meets in Madison May 29.
Votes of the April 9 school board election were canvassed by board members. Board members Tom Farrell and Ryan Hegg were re-elected and Charles Moore will become a new school board member.
Discussion was held concerning the Middle School Handbook. Students may no longer be allowed to decorate their lockers. Middle School Principal Cotton Koch said the lockers are getting older and starting to rust where decorations have pealed off paint.
"It is just being proposed to try and get a few more years out of our lockers," he said.
The meeting ended with a tour of the construction going on at the school. Schaefer said it appears work is progressing on schedule and once students are out of the facility, he expects construction work to pick up considerably.