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School support staff gets raise, addition changes made

All of the support staff for Brady Public Schools received an increase in salary and benefits Monday night.

The Brady school board approved the action which gave staff raises based on the average wage of eight surrounding districts including Brady.

A more detailed report of wages can be obtained from the superintendent’s office.

Following a near 30-minute closed session to discuss teacher negotiations, the board reconvened but took no action.

An action item to approve a negotiated agreement was tabled until the July 14 board meeting.

In other action, board members approved a payment of $89,538 to Paulsen Inc. of Cozad for construction of a new science/classroom addition.

Board treasurer and school secretary Ashley Lydic said the Cozad contractor is building an estimated $379,215 addition to the school that officials hope will be finished in mid July.

In related action, the board gave the go-ahead for a $715 change order to install doors in the addition that meet specific fire code regulations.

The board has also approved $3,500 for a handicapped parking area next to the new addition.

Lydic said members are considering a special meeting for another change order to install a tack board, instead of a regular wall, in the addition.

A request by teachers for more in-service time was granted when the board approved two 10 a.m. starts for students in the 2014-2015 school calendar.

Teachers had asked that in-service days be added to the end of the school year.

The district budgeted, and the board approved, a total of $1,700 in stipends for teachers to attend summer in-service.

Superintendent Bill Porter said the $100 per day stipend is $10 a day more than hiring a substitute teacher.

“So we can keep them in the classroom more days per year,” Porter said.

In other business, the board:

approved a payment of $8,242 to Perkins County for a teacher to provide Spanish during second semester of the 2014-15 school year via distance learning.

adopted a safety plan and crisis response manual for the next school year using ideas from Hershey Public Schools’ manual.

accepted a bid from Hiland Dairy Food for milk and other milk products and juice. The bid is broken down for individual items.

learned from the facilities committee that the former science room will be turned into the art room and a kiln moved into the area. There are no plans yet for the art room after the move.

heard that Porter will work with the new interim superintendent, Russell Finken, on figuring the 2014-15 budget.