Bismarck School Board approves funding for 20 additional teachers


Meanwhile, updating the division's salary scale for teachers and deliberating on the incentive proposal were to have been discussed at a Wednesday budget workshop but the session was cancelled mid-afternoon due to an illness.

McGhaney, the board chairman, declined to make much comment after Tuesday's meeting. Initially, Superintendent of Schools Dean Baker had proposed an increase of 6.6 percent, though that figure was lowered to 2.5 percent.

"We could have a bonfire on Halloween", the board member joked. Board President Herzog reminded the residents that she was a lawyer and, that as a lawyer, "one of the things I'm actually good at is following the rules".

Board members Linda B. Owen, who represents the 9th District where Greene Elementary is located, and Cheryl L. Burke, who represents the 7th District where George Mason is situated, said they want the new schools to reopen with new names. He said he has lobbied for that assistance with state Sen.

"I was drawn to Preble Shawnee because there is a strong sense of community and pride in working together to make sure students get the best education possible".

Murphy has 34 years in education, 26 of that in public education, and has a lot of experience dealing with a lot of different issues, she said. The division is losing quality teachers it needs to retain, he said.

"It's a big deal to me", he said.

At the time, the board had said Orr might have violated board policies, adding only that they didn't involve students in any way.

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Shupe said board members had been provided a list of questions from those considering retirement.

A total of 35 bids were received for the project, according to District Business Manager Ryan Tangen. The contract is inclusive of extra compensation allowed under state law for superintendents whose districts include high schools, though the document - which was not publicly released before the meeting - does not include additional merit-based bonuses that some schools chiefs receive in other districts.

Some board members thought it premature to conclude all positions would have to be replaced.

"In my discussion with the city, it is my preference that we start off all four schools at the same time knowing that the middle and high schools will take longer to complete", Superintendent Jason Kamras told the board.

"Both the (Facilities Construction Commission) and city of Elyria have been very receptive to helping us", he said.

District Two's John Graham, who serves on the committee that devised the incentive plan, concurred. The district has experienced a funding shortfall twice in the last three years, Ashton said; later in the meeting he said he was mistaken in his belief that the district had to use reserve funds three straight years.

Wenrich said when a student comes into the district to cost the district such money is unpredictable. But they did not examine what could be at the center of any anger and outbursts by students, said Brown.

Graham agreed. "We want the word out". He said he hopes for 100 teams overall next year. The district's state aid dropped to $263,951 under the state's finalized budget. Board member Jenna Rickenbach said that while kids need the 90-minute reading block, she also sees people's concerns that a part-time strings position would make it hard to have a sustainable strings program.