Administration salaries set
WELLMAN — Total salary and benefit package for current Mid-Prairie principals and directors for 2013-14 range from an 0.84 percent to a 7.72 percent increase, approved by the Mid-Prairie Board of Education at its Monday meeting. Specifically, for 2013-14 they are Lora Anderson, technology director, $81,001; Steve Hollan, activities and transportation director, $103,178; Jeff Linz, assistant transportation director, $48,052; Amy Shalla, Alternative Learning Center principal and special education director, $105,671; and Cindy Steege, business manager, $105,762.
Salaries for new principals are Teresa Beenblossom, Kalona and Washington Township elementary schools, $119,472; Jim Cayton (former Kalona elementary principal), high school, $136,959; Marc Pennington, middle school, $119,472 and Bill Poock, Wellman Elementary principal and Mid-Prairie preschool director, $119.472.
For Superintendent Mark Schneider, total package is $187,924 which represents a 4.75 percent increase or $8,528.
Meeting highlight was honoring retiring teacher associate employee Laura Miller, who served the district 29.5 years who noted that she had worked with several principals and at this stage could not consider “training yet another one.”
Miler was joined Monday by some Kalona Elementary staff who read faux resignation letters” complete with wry observations. She also was acknowledged as the “queen of recycling” for the Kalona Elementary School, whose outgoing principal Jim Cayton observed, “What can be said of Laura that hasn’t been already?”
Schneider, who first jokingly thanked her for 295 years of service, thanked her for 29.5 years of dedicated service, and Miller immediately responded with “Thank you for paying me.”
In other business, the board:
• approved student handbook changes that include restrictions on portable electronic devices as well as cellphones;
• approved the Farm to School Program Chapter Project plan, a partnership between Mid-Prairie and Iowa Mennonite School geared to purchasing and receiving locally grown produce for the National School Lunch Program that includes donated labor from volunteers, a $2,000 government grant and donations (to cover purchases, freezing supplies, seeds and plants). Principal Evan Parrott noted getting the program was a “long process, that took longer than we thought”;
• approved a resolution supporting applications for minigrants from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF);
•approved the Timberline Contract for Medicaid reimbursements;
• discussed the English as a Second Lanuage program that provides, on average, two hours of instruction for first through fifth grade Spanish-speaking students with Cayton noting “it is like any other special education services.” Discussion also noted possible future expansion, as needed;
• approved admission fee schedule and facilty use fee schedule that is relatively unchanged from the current year; and
• acknowledged that it was the last Mid-Prairie meeting for retiring principals Evan Parrott, Nancy Hurd and Gerry Beeler.