It's getting close to budget time for the Hannibal public school district. On Wednesday night the board took what was termed a "conservative" approach in regard to salaries in fiscal year 2017-18.
On the recommendation of Superintendent Susan Johnson the Board of Education approved issuing contracts along with letters of intent that hold salaries the same, with the exception of pay increases based on years of service. The salary approach applies to certified staff, support staff and administrators.
The conservative approach was taken because of the fiscal uncertainty that surrounds the state capitol, from where almost half the district's revenue comes. Johnson explained that the longer the district can wait the more accurate numbers it will have with which to work.
"Then we'll see if we're in a position to do more," said the superintendent.
Last year, on the heels of the passage of Prop C, the school board OK'd a salary "rollover."
Under that salary plan all staff was given credit for their years of service plus credit for any professional development achieved in the past year. It was identical to what was approved for the 2015-16 school year.
In other business:
• Rich Stilley, district business manager, reported Eugene Field finished second in this region for submitting photos of its best milk mustaches. The contest was sponsored recently by the St. Louis District Dairy Council.
• Eugene Field Principal Marty Hull was joined by the Pirate Pride Singers who performed two songs.
• Wade Stables was approved to conduct the district audit. The firm's fee will be $20,625, which is $140 more than in 2016.
• Regarding the possibility of starting a school-based health clinic, Johnson reported that meetings are occurring locally with potential partners.
• An end-of-year schedule of activities was provided board members. Graduation will take place beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at Porter Stadium.
• Assistant Superintendent Darin Powell reported on the changes being offered this year in summer school.
"There's a lot of new and exciting opportunities for kids," he said.
• Johnson reported the district's next CSIP planning meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the high school library.
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