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IBB minutes May 30, 2012





Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Board members and other staff present: Bret Beye, Stacey Berndt, Anna Gustafson, Deb Geissert, Barb Kurtenbach, Patty Kahle, Megan Mein, Lyneva Bryan, Superintendent John Thissen, Clerk of the Board Robyn Heitfield and John Doern.  Board members and other staff absent:  David Powell, Alan Stuart, Rod Erickson, Ben Meyer and James Carnes.

2012-13 school year

            Mr. Thissen informed the committee health insurance premiums would not be changing for the second straight year.  Dental premiums will drop slightly.  The district pays for a single plan at no cost to the employee.  The yearly premium will drop from $287.88 to $270.48 which is an estimated savings of $1200           

            Districts will see an additional $58 added to the base for the 2012-13 year as passed by the Legislature.  Using current FTE this could mean an additional $52,500 for our district if the numbers remain the same.  Governor Brownback is still pushing to cut taxes.  If he succeeds, there has already been discussion that the additional $58 will be taken away midyear and additional cuts could be seen.      

            A high school counselor was hired to replace Kristen Gant.  There is an eighteen year difference which will cost the district an estimated $9000

            Allowing steps and movement for certified and classified staff will cost $24,500 and $7,000 respectively.  Allowing supplements to be unfrozen and give coaches and sponsors the year they lost when it was frozen will cost $3,500

            The district received new facilities funding of $220,000 for the 2011-12 school year.  This temporary funding offset the amount cut by the state for this year so our district didn’t feel the significance of the cuts.  There is still one year left on the new facilities weighting.  The amount of $220,000 should remain the same for the 2012-13 school year.

Looking ahead to 2013-14

  1. Loss of new facilities weighting                                          $220,000


  1. USD 305 Hageman remodel project (administrative bldg)    $8,500
  2. QZAB payment is removed                                                   $55,000
  3. Savings in salaries of employees retiring                              $15,000


                                    Net loss for budget year 2013-14                <$141,500>


The district will have $44,700 extra to spend for the 2012-13 year (1200+52500-9000).  Consensus by board members was to take the extra money and use it on salaries.  Mr. Thissen informed members if money was added to the base, the district would be committed for future years.  Another option could be to give bonuses for the year. 



Cost comparisons were made with leaving the base as is vs. adding $50 to the base:

            Salary Schedule Base                                    $30,150(current)     $30,200(new)


            All certified staff (steps and columns)                 $24,500                 $27,100

            All classified staff (steps no addition to base)         $7,000                 $7,000

            Supplementals ($30,150 + 2 yrs experience)          $3,500                   $3,800

                           Total cost to the district                         $35,000                 $37,900


Discussions on remaining issues followed:


Issue 8.  Health Insurance

               Due to the district remaining with ESSDACK’s Grandfathered Status and the rates remaining the same as the 2011-12 school year, no change will be made to Health Insurance.

Issue 5.  Supplemental Freeze

               Consensus by the group is to unfreeze the supplementals and add the lost year back to get the years on the supplementals current.

Issue 7.  Salary Schedule

               Consensus to allow steps and movement for certified staff.  The group also agreed to add $100 to the base instead of the original suggested $50.  The new base will be $30,250.  This base will also be used to figure supplementals.

Issue 1.  Supplementals (MS/HS track coaches-combine 6-12 track program)

               A change in supplementals to merge the MS and HS track programs will cost the district an estimated $600.  Mr. Thissen recommended to allow the merge to happen.  Consensus by the group was to merge the MS/HS track program together.

Issue 16.  Educator Excellence (Recognizing/Reinforcing)

Issue 17.  Maximizing Educator Excellence (Maximize the use of)

Issue 19.  Collaboration (ensure ongoing collaboration, improve quality of education    

                 and involve staff more)

               Mr. Thissen informed members the district has committed money for all administrators to attend in-services starting this summer and going into the new school year.  There are eight different days of in-service and the group will be trained as a team so all are on the same page.  This training will be tied in with an additional tool that was purchased.  Talent Ed will be used to do observations for all certified and eventually classified staff.  Observations can be done in as little as five minutes and staff will receive immediate feedback through email.

Issue 18.  Substitutes (use and qualifications)

                The real issue with this is the lack of substitutes the district will have available for the 2012-13 school year.  Four of the district’s main substitutes will not be available to use next year.  We are on a “take what we can get” mode at the present.  Hopefully, new subs will be recruited during the summer. 






The meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m. 



Robyn Heitfield, Clerk of Board of Education


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