BBPS salaries approved

The key discussion item in Monday’s meeting of the Broken Bow Board of Education was a hot-button topic in just about every business or entity - salaries. The board adjourned into closed session to discuss administrator and classified salaries, and nearly two and a half hours later announced the agreed upon figures. The board unanimously approved a negotiated agreement with a base salary of $30,500 for the 2012-13 school year, and $31,200 for the 2013-14 school year. Moving on to administrator salaries, unanimous approval was given to a contract offer to Athletic Director/Assistant Principal Ryan Hogue in the amount of $76,100 for the 2012-13 contract year, with a change concerning personal time off from without limit to 90 days. Elementary Principal Kim Jonas was offered a contract for the 2012-13 contract year in the amount of $81,500. The motion passed 5-1, with Ken Myers voting no. Like Hogue, her contract was also changed from personal time off without limit, to 90 days. Assistant Elementary Principal Kirk Crawley received unanimous approval on a contract offer of $67,000 for the 2012-13 contract year with a change concerning personal time off without limit, to 90 days. The board also voted to grandfather in accumulated sick leave to date for Crawley. Because of retirement planning needs, High School/ Middle School Principal Ken Kujath had his contract approved at the April meeting, at an agreed upon salary of $96,000 for the 2012-13 contract year, with a change concerning personal time off from without limit to 90 days. After discussion on classified salaries, the board unanimously agreed to a salary of $59,750 for Joe Shea for 2012-13, and $58,000 for Earl Crouch. A motion to approve a 10 cent base increase on classified hourly schedules was also approved. The tone of the entire board meeting was rather somber, and it didn’t have anything to do with the discussion of salaries. This was the first board meeting since the tragic accident that took the lives of two coaches and teachers, as well as the last board meeting with Superintendent Dr. Virginia Moon. Comments from the majority of board members and administrators present were made concerning the outpouring of support from not only the community, but across the state and country. Kujath thanked the board and his staff for their handling of the crisis situation, allowing him the opportunity to focus on the students. Other business to come before the board included a recommendation to declare the 1992 Ford B-600 bus as excess property and sell it. Approval was also given to accept the resignation of Krystal Jepsen, elementary teacher. Jonas explained that the kindergarten teaching position will not be replaced this year, mainly due to the change in age for kindergarten students. Jonas says that change has reduced the number of expected incoming kindergarten students by about 10 this fall, and she says the current staff can make adjustments to accommodate that. The finance committee presented a request for the use of funds from the Custer County Cooperative. The fund consists of money the district already had in that account, and money acquired when the district absorbed the Class I schools. The committee has known for the past couple of years that they planned to use part of those funds for resurfacing the track. Myers spoke on behalf of the finance/negotiations committee, who recommended designating $40,000 of the co-op funds to the track. The committee also recommended spending $105,000 of the remaining co-op funds to purchase and install HVAC units for the high school. This will get all classrooms, K-12, temperature controlled and eliminate the need for early outs due to heat. Myers also informed the board that a local contractor has offered to install the HVAC system and donate his labor - a savings to the district of about $15,000. The request by the committee received unanimous approval. The next regular meeting of the Broken Bow Board of Education will be July 16 at 7 p.m. The board also invites everyone to join them for a farewell reception for Dr. Moon Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. in the board room.