A report on the Sept. 13 Board of Education meeting.
The last couple months, school board members who serve on the contract negotiating committee had reported they were getting close to an agreement. At the Sept. 13 meeting of the District 84 Board of Education, the SEEA Master Agreement for the 2017-19 school year was approved. The two-year agreement provides a 5.5 percent total package increase (salary and benefits) each year. The board also approved a three-year contract for John Cselovszki, superintendent and elementary principal, reflecting a salary increase in each of the next three years at 3.62, 3.49 and 3.337 percent. Cselovszki’s current salary is $110,763, superintendent; $12,000, principal; and $1,620, CRIC Coordinator.
Prior to those action items, the board heard a few reports.
Good news item: the milk machine in the high school is doing very well; FFA won several recognitions at the state fair.
Facilities: Cselovszki told the board that a plan to convert the old wrestling room in the basement to a STEM classroom was abandoned due to cost.
Principal: Shane Laffen said high school teacher evaluations are underway; seventh grade orientation was good, as were the student-led conferences.
Superintendent: Cselovszki reported current enrollment at kindergarten through sixth grade—329, seventh through 12th grade—255, plus 28 St. Mary’s students taking courses. He said the after school program starts in October; elementary school with have Homecoming activities; elementary teacher goal setting is complete.
Other action items approved:
•Certify tax levy for maximum amount pending information becoming available from MDE. Final levy will be set in December.
•Lauren Buckentine as H.S. math instructor at $38,958.
•Judy Lieser as long-term subsitute for first grade for 40 days at $7,582.
•Kris Bloedel updated overload at $6,490.
•Gloria Nachreiner as Student Council Advisor at $693.
•Kathy Haala and Kari Hoffmann as co-assistant volleyball coaches at $2,933 each.
•Samantha Schmit as J.H. volleyball coach, based on participation, at $1,841.
•George Hirschboeck as three-act-play technical director at $1,833.
•Open enrollment requests, in: three, Springfield; five, New Ulm; seven, GFW; 11, St. James; one, Redwood Falls; one, Comfrey; and out: one, Springfield.
•Accept donation of $5,000 for the school district, undesignated, from Bill Ries.
The next school board meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11.