OURAY, Dec. 26, 8:20 a.m. – The Ouray School Board of Education hasn’t adjusted its extra-curricular pay scale since 1994. But after Nancy Nixon, the head of the Extra-Curricular Pay Scale Committee, delivered a report to the Ouray School Board at its regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 17, that could soon change.
In the report, the committee – comprised of Nixon, who is an advisor for the combined Ouray-Ridgway high school speech team and the school radio station KURA; Eric Fagrelius, teacher/assistant boys’ basketball coach; Bernie Pearce, athletics director/assistant high school girls’ basketball coach and head middle school girls’ basketball coach; Nick Schafer, high school principal; and Chris Hinkson, school board vice president – concluded that “[the] proposed scales adjust the pay for head coaches by giving a 2 percent raise for the past 12 years and adding the annual increment raise to scale. For assistant and middle school coaches and extra-duty assignments, the pay goes up 10 percent overall.”
The total cost to the school district would be $10,262 annually.
Nixon first went to the school board about a pay adjustment in May of 2006 and again in May of 2007 before getting the “go ahead” to form a committee three months ago.
The committee took into account the number of years extra-curricular staff has gone without a raise, and the number of hours staff put in each year.
“We didn’t know how much money we had to work with,” Nixon told the board during her presentation. “This is real and this is what we really think should happen. We had no idea what you had to give to this. I’m working for all of these people and not just myself. Our estimate was $8,000-$15,000, but this [$10,262] is good, I think.”
The board agreed to research the numbers presented in the report, and could possibly take action on the item at its next meeting on Jan. 28.
Schafer Attends Gifted Student Seminar
Ouray High School Principal Nick Schafer is passionate about the district’s gifted/talented students, as was evident during a presentation he gave to the school board on Monday.
Schafer recently attended a seminar focusing on gifted and talented students, where he went to workshops led by Dr. Van Tassel-Baska and Dr. George Betts, as well as one focusing on the Renzulli Learning System, and one titled Through the Voices of the Gifted: How Teachers Discourage Their Learning, which he called a “real eye-opener.”
Schafer also attended a seminar led by National Public Radio host Garrison Keillor, who, he said, “gave an excellent speech and was very entertaining. His needs weren’t met in school and he went through trauma to get to what he needed in life.”
The move to the San Juan Basin League for the district’s and girls’ volleyball and boys’ and girls’ basketball and track and field programs is going forward, according to athletics director Bernie Pearce.
“The dissolution of the Mountain League is on schedule,” he said during a presentation to the school board. “Our homework was done correctly. It looks like our final stamp of approval will come Jan. 23 by the [Colorado High School Activities Association] Board of Control in
The league will consist of Ouray, Ridgway, Dolores, Dove Creek, Ignacio, Naturita,
Ouray and Ridgway currently play in the five-team Mountain League with Crested Butte, DeBeque and Edward Vail Christian.
Bicyclists Want to Camp in Gym
A request from the Bike Tour of Colorado to rent the
“I think we should do this,” President Mike Fedel said, “but we really need to stay on top of the possible damages it will cause.”
“I’ve been around these kind of tours before and there will be damage, but limited,” Boardmember Jim Link said. “Most of the time the damage is from the spikes the riders wear; someone will accidentally forget and walk across the gym floor.”
A new floor was installed in the gymnasium in June.
The board will address the issue further at the next regular meeting on Jan. 28.