The Buffalo Island Central School Board of directors met on Tuesday evening, May 20, and worked through a lengthy session involving salary increases, new employees, transfers, resignations and technology upgrades.
Salary increases for 2007-08 were discussed and retroactive increases were approved. The certified salary schedule increase includes adding $450 to base and a twentieth increment at $450 for BSE, $475 for BSE+15, and $500 for MSE (190 days). Administrators will receive the same increase as other certified personnel. Bus route (only) drivers will receive $178 (178 days). Impac and remediation lab managers, VIB, migrant, Title I, special needs, and pre-K aides $400 (180 days). Secretaries will receive $610 (195 days), $640 (205 days), and $750 (240 days). The school nurse will receive $700 (180 days). Bus mechanic/driver/lawn maintenance increase is $750, and maintenance/driver/lawn maintenance is $750 (240 days). Lunchroom personnel changes will be considered at the June meeting.
New employees and transfers included hiring Andrea Buck, senior high home economics instructor; hire Rosemary Clester, upper science at East Elementary; transfer Gena Misner from junior high resource to senior high resource; and authorize the superintendent to fill positions for junior high resource, junior high English and East pre-K.
Four student transfers were approved from Manila to Buffalo Island Central. These include Lexie Ray, 9; Blake Wheeler, 15; Jordyn Wheeler, 9; and Hunter Brown, 16.
Resignations were approved from Suzanne Wallace, junior high English, and Kim Ingram, East pre-K.
Bids for technology upgrades for both campuses were received as follows: 1. CDW-G for $13,210.53; 2. Millennium Three $15,147.81; and 3. Isco $15,734. The board accepted the bid from CDW-G. Technology Coordinator Jake Engles has agreed to provide labor for installation and upgrades.
Teachers Karen Wallace and Mark Hurst addressed the board concerning policy changes and recommendations from the personnel policy committee. They recommended adding one personal day for each 10-year increment and payment for 120 accumulated sick days, upon retirement.
"When staff members are faithful in attendance they need to rewarded for their dedication," Hurst said.
The board will consider approval of school calendar and recommendations from the committee during the June 16 board meeting.
The board discussed possible cut backs and raising the cost of school lunches. No decision was made concerning prices, expenses or changes, but the issue will be discussed again during the June meeting.
Bids for replacing the four hanging heaters in the East gymnasium were received as follows: 1. Marvin and Jimmy's, $9,828; Tony's Heat and Air, $7,344 (doesn't include enclosures for heaters); and Chambers Electric $10,227.60. The bid was awarded to Marvin and Jimmy's.
The board voted to retire the uniform of Jessica Shepard, who has been among the top 10 all time leading basketball scorers in the state.
The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held on June 16, at 7 p.m. in the Leachville junior high library.