The Carrier Mills-Stonefort school board met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 19 and learned from Superintendent Richard Morgan the new school year got off to a remarkably smooth start.
The board considered and approved changes to school policy regarding extra curricular and co-curricular activities and matters pertaining to nonpublic or home schooled students. These changes were made to conform with changes in state school policies.
Next came the approval of two pay requirements for the elevator project. As each phase or segment of the project is completed, payment is made on that phase.
Morgan pointed out that the 1 percent Saline County sales tax was continuing to pay for the project and Morgan anticipated that there would be funds left to make several improvements in the school buildings in the future. Morgan further stated that the project was almost complete and was only awaiting the delivery of the elevator machinery, which is due in September.
The date of the next board meeting and approval of the public posting of the tentative FY 2014 budget was the next issue, with the meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and the budget to be on display by Thursday, Aug. 22.
Morgan reported to the board that the district workman's compensation insurance would see an approximately $23,000 savings this year. This is insurance for all district employees in the event of on the job injury. The board then addressed the topic of extracurricular accident insurance for school athletic activities. The State of Illinois now requires schools to cover all students involved in athletics for catastrophic accident insurance in addition to whatever insurance the student carries to cover potential injury during school sponsored events. As this comes down to an expenditure of $3.17 per student for the Carrier Mills-Stonefort district, the district can easily afford the extra protection for the athletics programs.
Following a closed session the board approved a variety of topics. The annual "step" or contract required pay increase for teachers, non-certified aids and administrative staff was approved. This "step" increase is based on an employees education and time in the teaching profession.
The board approved the volunteers to assist with the athletics programs, citizens who had volunteered their time to assist the coaching staff of the school athletics teams.
The board approved the resignation of Sarah Ellis as a paraprofessional or teacher’s aid and approved her employment as the Top Cats Dance Team coach. Dianne McDermott moved from the position of dance team coach to the position of dance team coordinator.