The board also read the first draft of the 2007-08 school calendar; heard a proposal to have the gymnasium floor refurbished; and discussed the proposed salary schedule for next year.
The lone action taken was unanimously accepting the financial report for March.
BOARD ASKED TO SET DOLLAR AMOUNT FOR POSSIBLE MILL LEVY
The next step to keep the ball rolling for the proposed salary schedule for teachers and staff for next year is for the board to set a dollar amount for a possible mill levy, said Superintendent Sandra Kern.
“You have to decide which way you have to go,” Kern told the board. “You need to decide on a mill levy amount and then work backward, or forward. Tell me what you want to do…we have firm numbers based on proposals for teachers. If we had a total dollar amount and how to allocate that, then we can look at individuals and try some different scenarios.”
An eight-member salary study committee – elementary school Principal Tim Finkbeiner, boardmembers Mike Fedel and Theresa Brandon, along with Rebecca Fritz, Gwen Holley, Dee James, Don Mort, and Belinda Willis – presented a 30-page portfolio that consisted of three teacher/staff salary schedule proposals at a board meeting on March 26.
The summary of the findings found “pockets” in the current salary schedule that are not competitive with neighboring schools, especially in the area of incremental pay for more experienced instructors. Currently, a Ouray teacher earns a $567 raise per year, in addition to an increase of $680 for every 10 college credits. The average increases of the six neighboring districts (Ridgway, Telluride, Durango, Gunnison, Montrose, and Norwood) are $868 annually and $789 for additional college credits.
DATE SET FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON 2007-08 BUDGET
The Ouray School Board unanimously voted to hold a public hearing on the 2007-08 school budget at 7:30 p.m. on May 16 during the district’s next regular meeting in the school library.
If the second reading is approved at that meeting, the budget could be adopted as soon as June.
In her report to the board, Superintendent Sandra Kern stated, “I have only worked on the general fund with allocations to the other funds. I included teacher increments and a 2 percent increase to the salary schedule. Included are both this year’s and next year’s salary schedules for comparison.”
The proposed budget will be on file within 10 days of the April 23 meeting and can be viewed by any member of the public thereafter.
BOARD READS FIRST DRAFT OF 2007-08 CALENDAR The proposed Ouray Schools calendar for the 2007-08 school year, as read at the board’s regular meeting, looks much like this year’s. The one major difference is the scheduling around spring break. Instead of having a three-day week before a full week of no classes, the proposed calendar has two four-day weeks – one before and one after the full week off.
“Our elementary teachers thought four-day weeks were more worthwhile,” said Superintendent Sandra Kern.
The proposed calendar will consist of 165 teacher contact days. The current year has 166 for high school students and 163 for elementary students.
DISCUSSION ON REFURBISHING GYM FLOOR TABLED TO MAY MEETING
Custodian Tom Hollenbeck addressed the board about the status of the floor in the gymnasium.
“It’s never been completely stripped,” Hollenbeck said. “It’s time in its tenure to strip it to the bare wood and build the floor back up for two reasons: make it last longer and safety of unevenness of the floor.”
Two bids have been received to perform such restoration and Hollenbeck advised the board to accept a bid of $13,373 from sales consultant George Hughes of a Texas-based company.
“The floor is well-loved and well-used,” said Hollenbeck. “George was surprised at how good the floor was, especially with all the rocks and dirt that get carried in there.”
The proposed time for the refurbishing would be July 14-Aug. 14.
Hollenbeck said the floor gets an annual in-house refinishing at an estimated $2,500.
The board decided not to act on Hollenbeck’s request until its next meeting on May 16.