By J.R. SPARKE
WHITE CITY — A negotiated agreement with teachers was ratified Monday night by the Rural Vista Unified School District Board of Education during a regular monthly meeting at White City.
The terms of agreement call for minor percentage increases in pay for supplemental duty assignments. However, the base pay for a beginning teacher will remain $30,410.
Also unchanged will be the additional $400 for each year of experience and the $600 for each additional 10 hours of education for teachers with bachelor degrees and $750 for those with master degrees.
The maximum a teacher can earn in the district is $47,010, which would be with 32 years of experience and 30 additional hours past a master’s degree.
Non-financial changes in the agreement included setting the number of contracted days at 175, setting the official end of the teaching day at 3:40 p.m. and set-
ting additional terms for temporary leave.
A building technology assistant was added as a new supplemental duty assignment and was added to the list of persons approved by the board.
Board President Jim Barten praised the efforts of teachers' representatives Denny Crable and Kelli Elliott and board representatives Vicki Gruber and Theresa McCreath for getting the negotiated agreement finalized.
Stipends of $1,250 apiece were approved for Superintedent Ralph Blevins, Hope Principal Mike Teeter and White City Principal Kate Harmison.
Twenty-six full-time teachers were given stipends of $1,000 apiece, while the amount was pro-rated for those who have less than full-time responsibilities.
Stipends for classified staff members, including those who work part-time, ranged from $500 to $950.
In another personnel matter, a $5,000 fee was levied against Lyle Dejmal, who recently resigned from a position at a high school math teacher at Hope. The amount was in line with a schedule in the negotiated agreement.
Other resignations accepted were from Nancy Brockmeier, who is leaving her position as the head junior high girls volleyball coach to become an assistant coach at the high school level, and Freddie Worrell, who is leaving his custodial position in January.
The following persons were approved as substitute teachers for the 2013-14 school year: Joe Williams, Debra Walls, Ardeth Sherwood, Kenneth Riffel, Joyce Rock, Emilee Morgan, Ralph DeZago, Renae Riedy, Geneva Hottman, Patrick Thibodeau, Steve Riedy, Julie Keithline, Angela Schlagel, Angela Casteel and Gary Schrader. Schlagel and Casteel are new to the list for the coming term.
The board met in closed session for 10 minutes with the superintendent and two principals to discuss a personnel matter at the request of board member Jess Hopper. No action was taken when the meeting was reopened.
Requests from the following students, who reside outside of the school district, to attend classes in the Rural Vista USD, were approved: Hope -- Erik Swanson, Project Search; Michael Lawrence, pre-kindergarten; Brianna Hill, kindergarten; Montana Collins, second grade; Matthew Floyd, fifth grade; Cheyenne Bailey, sixth grade; Rachel Thomas, seventh grade; Wesley Floyd, eighth grade; Tyler Hill and Katherine Thomas, ninth grade; and Wesley Floyd, 10th grade. White City -- Tiffany Grover, seventh grade; Branden Grover and Tanner Lee, eighth grade; Dominic Andersen and Kayla Stone, 10th grade; and John Settgast, 11th grade.
Hopper inquired about the possibility of running an activity bus following athletic practices, particularly for junior high students. It was noted this probably wasn't practical due to the size of the district.
Teacher and student handbooks were approved by the board.
Several policy changes recommended by the Kansas Association of School Boards was approved.
The next regular Rural Vista USD board meeting is slated at 7 p.m. at Hope.
Board approves budget
WHITE CITY — A 2013-14 budget calling for an increase in the tax levy of 1.427 mils was approved Monday by the Rural Vista Unified School District Board of Education following a public budget hearing at White City.
The total levy will be 56.67 mills compared to 55.723 mills during the 2012-13 school term, and is based upon a valuation of $28,727,551. Valuation in the district increased $631,852 during the past year.
Line item increases in the budget include .268 of a mill for the supplemental general fund, .004 of a mil for capital outlay and .685 of a mil for bond and interest.
Projected expenditures for the coming school year are $3,581,975, which is $218,498 less than during the 2012-13 school year.
No members of the public were present to comment during the hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes.
Board members approved the proposed budget with limited discussion on a 7-0 vote. No negative comments were offered from the governing body.