The Palmyra R-1 School District’s preliminary budget has a slight surplus. It was a topic of discussion during the Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday night.
Increases in expenditures include $1,000 added to the base salary schedule for teachers (3.3 person increase) in addition to the $400 step for years of service of teachers. Non-certified employees were given the same 3.3 percent increase, in addition to their step, for years of service. Other expenditure increases include utilities, professional development, and textbooks. The preliminary budget includes the purchase of a new school bus. Some capital improvements include roof replacement at the middle school, elementary school asphalt sealing, house demolition at the middle school, roof repairs at the high school gymnasium and bleacher repair at the football field.
The board adopted the 2013-14 teacher salary schedule with a base salary of $31,100. Non-certified salary schedules were also adopted with the same percentage increase.
In other business:
• The board awarded bids for the following capital improvement projects: High school gym roof repair from Heimer Construction, $27,420; football bleacher repair from Crane Masonry, $40 per square foot; elementary school asphalt sealing from Hannibal Industrial Painting, $2,200; house demolition and gravel parking area at middle school from Heimer Construction, $25,747.
• The board heard a presentation from a group of parents interested in starting a wrestling program at Palmyra High School. The board will seek more information from school administration and revisit the topic in the near future.
• Partnering with the city of Palmyra to employ a school resource officer for the Palmyra R-1 School District was discussed. Superintendent Eric Churchwell and Police Chief Bogue will meet with the Palmyra City Council Police Committee to further discuss this option.
• In personnel matters were approved: Resignation of James Dent as high school student council sponsor; Ron Raney was hired as groundskeeper; summer maintenance help was hired; all classified staff was hired; all extra-duty staff was hired.