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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • R-5 Board Raises Salaries

  • The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday night at the District’s Central Office, with Board member Cindi Black-Rodgers absent. At this meeting, the Board raised the teacher’s salaries, approved a loan for buses, and rehired their teachers for another year.
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  • The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday night at the District’s Central Office, with Board member Cindi Black-Rodgers absent. At this meeting, the Board raised the teacher’s salaries, approved a loan for buses, and rehired their teachers for another year.
    The Board made special thanks to the family of John Dedrick for a donation of science equipment valued at $7500.  In the consent agenda, the Board accepted the retirement of Linda Lane, the resignation of Catherine Shelton, and the resignation of Middle School Track coaching duties by Adam DuBuque.
    Marceline R-5 instructors Bud Seyler, Ramah Troutman, and Lisa Hilsabeck were on hand to present the Salary Liaison Committee’s recommendation for the coming budget and school year.  The teacher’s recommended the following:
    - An increase to the base salary for certified staff employees from $27,500 to $28,000
    This was made possible by hiring staff at the lower end of the pay scale, and for the purpose of fulfilling the District’s CSIP concerning the recruitment of highly qualified staff members. Superintendent Gabe Edgar recommended accepting this proposal.  Edgar noted that the total cost of movement over and down on the pay scale, as well as this increase, would cost the District $94,653.  He also reported an increase in the District’s health insurance, raising the cost to $14,400. The matter was approved unanimously after a motion and second from Lex Cavanah and Judy Toops, respectively.
    Agriculture instructor Nathan Scheiderer presented the Board the annual MSIP evaluation of his program.  Scheiderer noted that he had 57 high school students in his ag classes, 43 eighth graders on a quarterly rotation, and 42 sixth graders on a semester split.
    Scheiderer went over the accomplishments of Marceline’s Ag and FFA students, and the grant monies received for the program.  The exploits of the Marceline FFA program are covered on the LCL’s Ag page every Friday.  This report was approved unanimously, after a motion and second from Matt Cupp and Toops.
    At their previous meeting, the Board had approved the purchase of two buses.  At this meeting, the Board accepted bids to finance said buses.  The low bid, and the one recommended by Superintendent Edgar, was from Preferred Bank of Marceline, with five annual payments of $17,241.35, with an interest rate of 2.302 percent, and no fees. This was approved unanimously, after a motion and second from Cupp and Cavanah, with Kim Corbin abstaining.
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