By Ken Ross, Managing editor
Meeting in special session on Thursday, the Cherokee School Board approved a tentative agreement between the school board and the Cherokee Education Association representing teachers and counselors.
The agreement will add about $171,000 in payroll expense to the $4,558,642 certified staff cost. Of this $171,000, over $106,000 is for salary, over $50,000 is for increased health insurance costs and under $15,000 is for other employer paid tax and retirement fund costs.
The base pay is going from $24,800 to $25,150. The career step increase is going from $600 to $800 per step.
There is also a change in the cheerleading sponsor pay and an addition of the Drugfree Lifestyle sponsor.
Compensation for unused personal day leave is going up from $50 to $65 per day.
The health insurance costs have gone up by 9.6 percent.
There is an additional article added to the contract that deals with a professional mentoring program, where a new teacher is advised by an experienced teacher.
The board also acted on personnel matters. Resignations were approved Kylee Boettcher as high school language arts teacher, assistant girls' basketball coach, head softball coach, yearbook advisor, WHS newspaper advisor; Deb Blomberg as library associate and AD secretary; Farrah Pohlen as special education teacher and Special Olympics coach; and Christina Rice as individual speech coach and assistant group speech coach. The resignation of Rice was only for her extracurricular coaching duties and was made contingent on finding a suitable replacement.
The board also approved an early retirement request from Diane Mulford, family consumer science teacher, as of the end of the first semester in the next school year.
The school board members will be considering at a future meeting establishing a policy regarding second semester retirements.
The board approved contracts for Matt Malausky as economics, careers teacher, 9th grade football coach, 9th grade boys' basketball coach; Jolleen Hunecke as high school counselor, social studies teacher; and Margaret Mishler as family consumer science teacher. The contract for Mishler starts at the start of second semester.
The board approved drivers education contracts for Susanne Torrey, Lynn Jolly and Larry Weede.