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Renovations are beginning in the Winfield School District. During construction, professional teams are working to take out all the old asbestos tiles that were in the Intermediate building. The tiles were tested yearly to make sure the safety of the teachers, students, parents and administrators were accounted for. The designs are well underway for both the athletic facility and the Intermediate School and progress should be seen shortly.
The June 18 School Board of Education meeting was a brief one as the board approved of the consent items and old business, including the budget updates, open session minutes, bills, financial reports and contracts.
MSTA will be meeting in Tan Tara for a conference on July 15-16. NEA has decided to make the move of member dues coming from paychecks to member dues going through a new program called EasyPay. This is a move that all NEA members will be doing eventually and Winfield teachers decided to begin the change.
In the Superintendent report, Jim Chandler commented on the attendance. “Our goal was to finish the year at a 95 percent attendance rate. This year we made that goal” Chandler noted that the Intermediate building brought in the highest year-end attendance at 95.94 percent. Last school year ended with 2,464 occurrences and this year the buildings ended with just 1,577 occurrences. Discipline numbers steadily decline year after year as the district sees their hard work and new teaching tactics pay off.
In the bus report, Nancy Baker spoke about the bus inspection. They received a 96 percent, with one bus having minor issues that were immediately corrected. All of the Winfield school buses are now in working order. Baker also reported 155 students are in attendance during summer school to earn back some credits that were lost during the school year.
In new business all of the HVAC preventive maintenance bids were in. The district chose C&R Mechanical with the lowest bid of $20,500 a year for three years. Dates for the Board of Education meetings were approved to stay on the third Tuesday of every month, beginning at 6, unless otherwise noted.
Handbooks were turned in to the board and approved, as well as, non-resident student tuition. The non-resident student tuition will remain the same as last year at $7,315 per student.
Something new in the district is a position to help with all the technology the district has acquired. A Computer Technician position will be added to the district for the 2013-2014 school year. The description and salary were approved for the computer technician position.
Certified salary schedules for the 2013-2014 fiscal year took a slight increase in pay. The first step of the salary went up to $30,150. Non-certified hourly rate schedules, administrator salary schedules and extra duty salary schedules for the 2013-2014 fiscal year were approved and will remain the same as the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
The next board of education meeting was scheduled June 27 at 6 p.m. in the district office conference room