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School Board to approve $6K salary increase for MCTEA teachers

Soon even more Mitchell educators may see a salary increase for the upcoming school year.

On Monday night during the Mitchell Board of Education meeting, members will consider approving a $6,000 increase for instructors at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy (MCTEA) for the upcoming school year, identical to the K-12 teacher pay increases from the state.

The MCTEA instructors are hired by Mitchell Technical Institute and work largely with high school-aged students.

The $6,000 increase is part of the Mitchell Area Technical Educators (MATE) agreement. MATE represents instructors who are considered technical educators. The school board will be reviewing the agreement during its regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at MCTEA.

In addition to the salary increases for MCTEA instructors, all MTI faculty employee base salaries will be offered a 5 percent increase for the 2016-17 contract year from the district, as part of the sales tax funding for instructor salary adjustments.

This was determined through a state-set rubric designed to enhance compensation for those in shortage areas.

According to Superintendent Joseph Graves, this is a big increase, one that doesn't happen very often.

"I think this is going to make it easier to find great people, and we're not going to see the same shortages we saw in the past," Graves said.

While there might still be some shortages in other areas, according to Graves, this is a start to addressing the problem.

Another highlight of the MATE agreement allows the school district and MTI the ability to unilaterally reopen negotiations on compensation should the dollars provided by the state, approved by the South Dakota General Assembly, be lost or reduced in any way.

Personnel

As part of a consent agenda that includes board minutes, claims and open enrollment, the board will consider the following personnel items:

• New hire (classified): Cindy Vold, paraeducator at Mitchell High School, compensation of $13 per hour for 7.5 hours daily, effective Aug. 24; Stephanie Dockweiler, paraeducator at Mitchell Middle School, compensation of $14 per hour for 7.5 hours daily, effective Aug. 24; Jenna Jamison, assistant band-color guard, compensation of $1,491, effective 2016-17 school year; Sarah Klentz, paraeducator at ECH, compensation of $10.87 per hour for 7.5 hours daily, effective Aug. 24; Krista Flanagan, paraeducator at Mitchell High School, compensation of $11 per hour for 7 hours daily, effective Aug. 24; Emily Gass, paraeducator at Mitchell Middle School, compensation of $14 per hour for 7.5 hours daily, effective Aug. 24; Kristina Allen, paraeducator at Mitchell High School, compensation of $11 per hour for 7 hours daily, effective Aug. 24.

• New hire (other): Samantha Martinez, special education behavior specialist in all buildings, compensation of $36,500, effective Aug. 6.

• Resignation: Hallie Tate, paraeducator, effective 2016-17 school year; Jennifer Brewster, library aide at L.B. Williams Elementary, effective date TBD.

• MTI New Hires: Donnell Houx, adjunct SLPA lab instructor, compensation of $3,000, effective July 1; Beth Peschong, adjunct SLPA lab instructor, compensation of $3,000, effective July 1; Jamie Griffith, adjunct SLPA lab instructor, compensation of $3,000, effective July 1; Karie Gosmire, adjunct SLPA lab instructor, compensation of $3,000, effective July 1; Theresa Gibbens, adjunct SLPA lab instructor, compensation of $3,000, effective July 1.

Other business

In other regular business, the board will:

• Consider approval of salary/wage adjustments for MTI non-faculty employees for the 2016-17 school year. For employees at MTI who do not operate under a master agreement, a recommended salary/wage increase is recommended. According to the proposal, the rule of thumb was a 5 percent increase with adjustments based on additional duties, commensurate responsibilities and new hires.

• Consider amending a motion from the April 11, board meeting to correct the legal description of the MTI on-site house. During the April board meeting, MTI officials declared the on-site house as surplus property. In the motion, an incorrect legal description was given. The correct legal description should read as follows: Lot 11, in Tracy H, Wild Oak Golf Club Addition to the City of Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota.

• Hear board member reports and commentary.

• Hear a superintendent's report.

• Hear public commentary.

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