Ross receives 3.25 percent contract increase

School board approves 2.94 percent hike for administrators

The Webster City school board Monday night approved wage increases for Superintendent Dr. Mandy Ross, administrators and non-bargaining staff members.

The board, meeting for the final time before the reorganization with Northeast Hamilton becomes official on July 1, met in closed session with Ross to conduct her evaluation. After a little over an hour, the board reconvened in open session and proposed a 3.25 percent wage increase for Ross, bringing her contract package to $172,944.

The directors approved the one-year contract.

Contracts for the districts other administrators were approved with a 2.94 percent wage increase. Additionally, Associate Principal Pat Farley will receive a $1,000 increase for added responsibilities, Ross proposed.

Non-bargaining staff members will receive a 2.82 percent wage increase. Those increases were based on what support staff members will receive, Ross said. Cathi Hildebrand, board secretary, will receive a salary increase to $93,000 due to the additional duties she will undertake.

The board approved the increases for the administrators and non-bargaining staff.

Resignations were received from Bryce Duncan, Pleasant View paraeducator, Catherine Schroeder, high school girls golf, and Mikayla Sosa, paraeducator.

The board also accepted a donation $1,812 from Van Diest Medical Center. The funds which were proceeds from the hospital’s River Run last month, were given to area school districts to support physical education programs. Evan Mossman will facilitate the conversations about how the donation will be used, according to Ross.

The interim Webster City-Northeast Hamilton board met in session following the Webster City board.

The board considered an increase in the monthly rental for Riverview Early Childhood Center. The building, owned by the district, is operated by the daycare. Ross told the board the contract for $1,350 per month had not been reviewed since it was put in place in 2006.

“At that time, the district was using 40 percent of the building and the daycare had 60 percent,” Ross said. At this time, the district is not occupying the building.

Monday night, the board approved a $950 per month increase to $2,300 per month. Hildebrand said the sum was basically “break-even” for the district.

Contracts were also on the agenda. A resignation from Mike Kruger, NEH principal, was accepted. Kruger will be taking a superintendent position at West Fork Schools at Sheffield.

The board approved a contract for Jennifer Crutcher who is moving from elementary special education to high school special education. Ayn Eklund will move from high school science to 5th through 12th grade instructional coach. Lance Baetsle was hired as the new high school science teacher. Ashley Price will work at Sunset Heights in special education and Greta Nelson was hired as the new high school vocal music instructor.

Contracts were also approved for bus drivers Dennis Dilly and Aaron Grossoehme.

In other business, the board:

• approved the 2019-2020 bread and milk bids with Hanagold and Anderson Erickson;

• approved a contract with Grant Wood AEA for Infinite Campus support

• approved the second reading of the use of motor vehicle policy

• approved a contract with Hy-Vee and K-12 Licensing to sell Lynx merchandise

The board will meet July 8 in the school administration building, the first meeting after the reorganization becomes official.

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