WHAT WE KNOW: The Rockridge Teachers' Association approved a contract with Rockridge School District 300 on June 3 that stretched out the previous contract’s 18-year salary schedule to a 30-year schedule. At a special meeting held June 5, the board of education also approved the three-year agreement with the union.
WHAT'S NEW: Nathan Faith, school board president, read a letter from the board to the audience attending the June 10 regular school board meeting. The letter pointed out that the pace at which the district receives money is dependent upon when property taxpayers pay their taxes and on whether the state and federal government fully fund education.
He said the district is often hampered because “past funding promises at the state level never come to fruition.”
The contract affects around 75 teachers and will take effect on the first teacher workday of the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers head back to school on Aug. 13.
In other business, the transportation committee recommended replacing three buses. The plan is to trade in the district’s 2009 short bus and buy a new 2019 27-passenger bus, and trade in two 2005 buses for two slightly used 2019 buses. The costs for the buses are $57,400 for the short bus and $143,500 for the two 71-passenger buses.
Board members agreed it was probably not a good idea to stockpile older buses and approved the bus purchases.
In personnel matters, the board accepted resignations from paraprofessionals Melisa Hofer and Aimee Neece, bus driver Cordaro Boughton, and business teacher Cassey Attebery. They also agreed to hire Sara Casey, instructor for the extended school program, and Val Kline, adviser for the yearbook and newspaper.
Transfers approved include Kristi Schwigen, from PE teacher at Andalusia to pre-K – 5 instructional coach; Liane Freyermuth, paraprofessional, from Taylor Ridge Elementary to Rockridge Junior High.
WHAT'S NEXT: The board approved hiring Fuhr Excavation Co. this summer for drainage work at Taylor Ridge Elementary for $10,621.