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WCCSD plans for education reform

Board presented with information on Teacher Leadership Compensation System, plans for apply for state funding

December 10, 2013
Jim Krajewski ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

The Webster City Community School District is preparing to seek funding from education reform passed in October.

At their regular board meeting Monday night, Superintendent Mike Sherwood presented board members with the idea behind the recently passed education reform and how it could see implementation in Webster City schools as soon as the 2014 to 2015 school year.

The Teacher Leadership Compensation System seeks to compensate teachers and recruit and promote excellent teachers, retain those teachers and reward professional growth and effective teaching. The implementation of this process through the state involves a three-year selection process that will encompass a third of Iowa's student population each year.

The district has already applied for and received a planning grant of $10,748 to plan for the TLC implementation. However, Sherwood said the eight largest districts in Iowa encompass a third of the Iowa student population.

"There's concern in rural schools that they won't be selected this year," Sherwood said. "There's talk that they might increase the funding for it, but that would require legislative action."

When selected, Sherwood said the district will receive $480,310 in funding. That money will go to fund salary supplements for teachers in leadership roles, cover the costs for those teachers when they are not providing direct instruction in the classroom and are helping other staff, professional development and other costs. The funding also requires districts to have their minimum teacher salaries at $33,500, but the Webster City Community School District already meets that requirement.

For the district, Sherwood said they have to have their planning committee meet, decide on a model for implementation, discuss the application timelines, write a plan and present that plan to staff and the state Board of Education and submit it by Jan. 31 of 2014.

In other business, the board also discussed the district's seniority lists, the IASB Board of Directors Election and acknowledged a letter from the Webster City Education Association on their intent to bargain. The next board meeting will be held on Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. in the School Administration Office Board room.



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