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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 1, 2014

Mid-Prairie OKs staff and Shive-Hattery contracts

By Mary Zielinski | Apr 30, 2014


WELLMAN — The Mid-Prairie Board of Education Monday approved main contracts: two with the Mid-Prairie Education Association (MPEA) for certified and support staff wages and one with Shive-Hattery of Iowa City for design and engineering services for the district’s $10.6 million improvement project.
The settlement with the MPEA for certified staff has an increase of 4 percent with $620 added to the base salary.  Additionally, the district will pay the full cost of a single employee’s $1,500 insurance plan.  For support staff the package has an increase of 72 cents per hour plus a three cents longevity pay for a total increase of 4.21 percent.  Additionally, the district will pay all but $5 of the monthly $1,500 deductible plan for health insurance.  There will be only one category for associates and 20 cents will be added to the hourly wage.
The standard form contract with Shive-Hattery covers multiple services with fees ranging from 7.5 percent to roughly 10 percent, reflecting the scope and time involved in projects that include a new central office and alternative learning center and five classrooms at the middle school for the Home School Assistance Program.  Actual costs for the work that should see full completion by 2016 edges toward $1 million.  The district also will, as it has previously, hire a construction manager, said Superintendent Mark Schneider.
In other business, the board:
• heard a detailed presentation about the High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program that has involved  Mid-Prairie being a member of the Grant Wood Area Perkins Consortium for more than 20 years.  The district is large enough that it would have been able to stand on its own in the administration of Perkins funding, the board was told.  Joining Grant Wood was to “take advantage of the economics of scale and to let a trained team meet the federal and state requirements” attached to Perkins funding.   As a result, a portion of Mid-Prairie-generated funds benefited the entire group.  Right now that means the Mid-Prairie population base brings the state and the Consortium more than $30,000 but receives only $6,221, which is why Mid-Prairie has “initiated the legal steps to extricate our district from the Grant Wood Area Perkins Consortium.”  There is no timeline for how long it will take.  However, Mid-Prairie will continue to allocate $20,000 of its funds for the program;
•acknowledged the FFA plan to have cords for graduating seniors who were FFA members.  High School Principal Jim Cayton said there could be other groups who also may want to acknowledge graduating members of their organizations.  Schneider noted that the issue was strictly an information item for the board;
• accepted the 2012-13 audit report from Nolte, Cornman and Johnson PC of Newton that, among other recommendations, suggested transferring the $298.12 of the Librarian Club to the general fund and transferring inactive activity accounts to the High School Student Council fund. Specifically, they are Soda Club, $2,199.40; newspaper, $92.47; Wellness, $1,656.18 and miscellaneous, $3,958.98.  The changes were approved by the board; and
• learned that business manager/board secretary Cindy Steege has resigned, effective June 12.  The position is being advertised; and
• accepted the resignations of Ashley Longlet, dance team coach, effective April 28; Jodie Cue, student advocate, end of current academic year; and Traiman Johnson, Wellman Elementary associate, high school strength and conditioning coach, and soccer coach, all effective in May.

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