Sheldon, IA — At their regular monthly meeting Wednesday night, the Sheldon Community School District Board of Education approved the 2013/14 contract with the Sheldon Education Association, the union representing the District’s teachers.
The contract calls for a total package increase of 3.56% in salary and benefits over the current year’s contract.
They also approved the contract for Eric Maassen as High School Head Boys Basketball Coach, Chris Walker as Boy’s Assistant Basketball Coach, LaDonn Hartzell as School Business Official/Board Secretary, Christopher Stotz as Industrial Arts Teacher, Jerod Reinking as 4th Grade Elementary Teacher, and Maggie Lloyd as 9th Grade Girls Softball Coach.
The Board held a hearing on the 2013-2014 District Budget. Superintendent Robin Spears told the Board that no written or oral comments had been received from the public on the proposed budget, and no one rose to speak at the Budget Hearing. The Board approved the budget, which totaled $16,268,203.00.
In other action, the Board spent a significant amount of time on a teleconference with representatives of Cannon-Moss-Brygger, the architectural fir hired by the District for the East Elementary remodel/contruction project. THe architects told the Board that there have been some contingency cost increases that have come up as the project moves forward. For example, substantially more asbestos was discovered than had originally been thought. Removal of the asbestos will add a fairly significant amount to the project costs. The architect assured the School Board, however, that they would do their best to find ways to keep the costs under control, and keep the project on budget.
The Board set Monday May 13th at 5:00 pm as the date and time for their May monthly meeting. In addition, they set 5:30 pm the same day as the date and time for a Public Hearing on the 2012-2013 Budget Amendment. Superintendent Robin Spears told the Board that there is a 50/50 chance that a budget amendment will need to be filed, so the hearing will be held if necessary. The meeting will be held in the high school library.
The Board ended the meeting by adjourning into closed session to discuss strategy matters involving employment conditions of employees not covered under the collective bargaining agreement.