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Brady school commons area to get new tile

Besides the hiring of an interim Brady school superintendent, the next largest expenditure by the school board was tile for the commons area.

At their May 12 meeting, the board approved a superintendent contract for Russell Finken of Glenwood, IA, for $105,000 as was published in the May 28 issue of The Times.

Board members also gave Bryn’s Floorcovering & Installation the bid to re-tile the commons area.

The Elwood company bid $9,938. Other bidders were Five-Star Flooring of Gothenburg and a company from of North Platte.

Staff members can join professional organizations and attend clinics during the next school year without paying their own expenses to do so.

An amount of $1,505 was approved by the board.

As salary and benefit negotiations continue with the teaching staff, superintendent Bill Porter reported that teachers want a change in the sick leave policy.

Porter said they want any days taken over allotted leave to be removed from their checks at the end of the year, not each month,

The superintendent said teachers want more sick leave from the sick bank before it’s deducted from their checks and refunded later if necessary.

Porter said he doesn’t recommend granting the request because he wants teachers to be accountable, noting that attendance would also improve if the deduction remained monthly.

Teachers are also requesting that two more days be added to their contracts in May 2015 for in-service.

The administration will look at the calendar to include the request.

In other action, the board passed polices dealing with the superintendent evaluation, non-resident students and graduation requirements.

In other business, the board

learned that Paulsen Inc. of Cozad sent an invoice for $14,963 for the science and preschool addition. School officials are also considering a handicapped parking area that would cost $3,500.

was told that three classroom grants would be awarded to teachers at the school’s annual academic banquet from a Brady School Foundation member.

was informed that support staff pay is below the array of comparison schools. Porter recommends raises at the June 9 meeting.

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