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Board renews Hird’s contract

Principal’s salary negotiated later

The Brady school board voted unanimously Monday night to renew Bruce Hird’s contract as principal for the 2012-13 school year.

With state aid and other budget uncertainties, though, board members chose not to assign a salary to the contract just yet.

Superintendent Bill Porter told the board unless the state Legislature makes big changes in the state aid formula in the weeks to come, the district should be able to cover a salary increase for Hird as well as other certified staff members.

Board member Matt Hatch raised the “what if” question.

“Money has always been an issue,” Hatch said. “What if we don’t have enough money and Mr. Hird has to be part-time principal and part-time teacher?”

For several years prior to 2007, the district’s superintendent and principal jobs were combined.

In August of that year, the board chose to separate the two positions and hire a full-time K-12 principal.

Hird has been in Brady since August 2010.

“I think we would be moving backward if we went back to a part-time principal,” said board president Lisa Diehl. “I just don’t think that’s a good idea.”

The board approved Hird’s contract with the stipulations that he will not receive a cut in pay and that he will be allowed to negotiate his salary at the May board meeting.

In other district business, school board members approved advertising for bids to replace windows in the old part of the school building without having seen architect plans for the project.

Original plans for the school addition and renovation that was completed in 2007 included updating the old windows but that portion of the project was removed due to cost.

In August 2011, the board agreed to spend $13,000 from the building fund for architect fees so C&G Architects of North Platte could plan replacement of the windows.

No cost estimate has been presented.

In other action, the school board:

renewed its membership in the Nebraska School Board Association for $1,919.

accepted a bid from Larry and David Jurgens for $325 for the 1990 Suburban and a bid from Eric and Jennifer Most for $755 for the 1999 Suburban.

authorized television advertisements on North Platte’s KNOP station for option enrollment students. Ten 30-second ads during the 10 p.m. news will cost the district $1,300 and the station will match the number of ads during other time slots.

voted to purchase a digital time clock for hourly employees for $399.

accepted the Brady Education Association as the bargaining agent for the district’s non-supervisory certified staff.

approved the purchase of early intervention reading and language programs for kindergarten and first grades at a cost of $2,079. Porter told the board that early fall testing showed only one of the 12 students who entered kindergarten this school year met expectations for school readiness in these areas. The intervention program will help increase student performance.

awarded the bid for refinishing both gym floors to JAZMat at a cost of $5,010. The cost was higher than a bid from Unitech at $4,250 but the board felt the district would benefit from staying with a familiar company.

discussed allowing resident Chance Fessler to open the weight room nightly for public use. Porter said he was against the idea but board members encouraged opening the building to the pubic. No action was taken.