Purdy schools give out raises

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

3 teachers hired to fill vacancies for new year

Making preparations for the coming school year, the Purdy school district adopted a budget for the new school year, calling for pay raises for all employees.

According to Superintendent Steven Chancellor, the step increases constituted a pay raise of approximately 1.95 percent for certified and non-certified staff.

The board made no increase in the base salary of $30,000 for certified teachers. However, step increases in years of service and a reduction in employee contribution to insurance coverage combined for the pay boost. Increases for non-certified staff were made by adding cents to the hourly rate.

Pay raises for administrators placed them at the following scales: Chancellor, $95,400 on a 12-month contract; Janet Boys, elementary/middle school principal, $72,015 on a 10-month contract; Matt Gower, high school principal (first year), $68,000 on a 10.5-month contract; and Mindi Gates, instruction and curriculum coach, $53,000 on a 10-month contract.

Following the option available under state law, the board transferred 7 percent of funds in the general fund to the capital improvements building fund for the year. The total amounted to approximately $297,223.97.

Board members also left meal prices at the 2014-2015 rate. Out-of-district tuition remained at $2,000 per semester for the coming year.

In making financial commitments for the year, board members agreed to send 17 students to the Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett. No cap was placed on the number of students who can attend, should others show interest in career and technical training as the year begins.

Cox Rehab received the contract to provide occupational and physical therapy for students on an as-needed basis, billable by the quarter on an hourly rate.

The annual tax levy hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, prior to the monthly board meeting.

In making personnel adjustments, the board accepted a letter of resignation from high school social studies teacher Andrew Godsey, who had taught at the district for three years. Board members authorized Chancellor to hire a replacement, whose name will be announced following formal board action at the Monday meeting.

In other summer personnel moves, the board hired Steve Courter as a fifth- and sixth-grade communication arts teacher. This will be Courter's first teaching job in Missouri, coming from Arizona. Amanda Rinehart was hired as the family and consumer science teacher. Rinehart previously taught at an alternative program in Seneca.

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