Raises issued to offset loss of eight school days

Classified employees in the Ralls County R-II School District will be seeing raises. At the district's Board of Education meeting on May 10, non-certified salary schedules were discussed.

Three percent raises were given to areas of secretary, nurse, custodial, maintenance and directors. There are three employment areas (aides, cooks, bus drivers) who will have eight less employment days due to the change of the amount of student days in next year's calendar (reduced from 174 to 166), these employment areas will receive their experience step to ensure a raise is given. With the eight less days, the daily rate increase is 5.8 percent or higher.

Cooks and aides will also have an opportunity to increase hours through adding bus driver licensure and a daily route for eligibility for full time employment with medical insurance. Information will be included in their work agreement that will be issued soon. The other employment area (bus drivers) continue to have options (custodial) for additional hours to earn full time employment with medical insurance.

In other business:

• Students were honored for April Elementary Habit Heroes, JH Student of the Month for April, WorkKeys Platinum, MoARE Scholarship Recipients

• Center Elementary School idea to develop an alternative junior/high school through a consortium of schools to meet the needs of students who are not finding success in the typical high school setting will continue forward. The next step will be to gather area school administrators to begin discussions about an alternative school being established in the future.This item will return for the June regular meeting.

• School Resource Officer topic resulted in no new information from the Ralls County Sheriff Office since the last regular meeting. At this time, the district is awaiting names of potential candidates to complete interviews for the selection process.

• A draft budget for next year was shared. The budget has a deficit, which is a result of doubling up bond payments for the year to finish out one of the existing bond measures. Fund balances are in excellent condition and this deficit is a fiscally responsible decision to save interest dollars over time.

• A revenue shortfall was received in the payment received in March from Ralls County for State Assessed Railroad and Utilities for an amount of approximately $120,000. This has been addressed since the middle of March with no explanation given yet, most recently the county collector has responded that an answer should be available by May 25.

• A machine to properly remove asbestos floor tile was discussed since one is not available for rental. It is planned for the process to begin at Mark Twain this summer with the nurse, principal and counselor's offices being removed and replaced with vet tile. The future plan is for classrooms and hallways throughout MT to be replaced over the next many years as time and funding allows. Additional bid(s) will be obtained for the June meeting to make a purchasing decision.