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ELC board OKs raise for support staff

By Staff | Jun 20, 2014

The Estherville Lincoln Central School Board approved a 3.01 percent package for support staff 2014 15 salaries at its regular meeting on Monday.

The group arrived at the figure following an exempt session prior to the Monday meeting.

In other business Monday, the board approved an asbestos abatement bid of $5,777 from Abatement Specialties LLC. The A project on the school’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy list was the tiling of the C-Wing hall in the high school. Superintendent Tara Paul said the original plan was to tile over the current tile, but after a further look, that option wasn’t possible. The asbestos tile needs to be removed professionally.

In his administrative report, elementary principal Shane Kalous told of new staff members and transfers. Joe Clark will teach Title 1 Math/STEM at Roosevelt. Sonya Gjerde will teach first grade. Emily Holch will be teaching elementary special education. Tiffany Miller will teach first grade. Megan Mueterthies will teach kindergarten, Arielle Olson will teach kindergarten and Don Seylar will be the new Roosevelt custodian.

Transfers include Diane Origer from kindergarten to preschool; Alisha Bernardy from kindergarten to third/fourth grade; Abby Schacherer from middle school special education to elementary special education; Shayla Witzke from kindergarten to Title I reading and Kenny Munson from Roosevelt custodian to Demoney custodian.

In his final report as high school principal, Frank Christenson noted the staff was disappointed in the number of failing grades this semester.

“After much discussion, we kept coming up with the need to come up with more and relevant strategies that engage the students as well as study strategies that meet the needs of the apathetic student,” he stated in his report. “We had many incidents this semester of students plain not doing any work. Again, I know that Mr. (Brad) Leonard is already having discussions with high school staff as they will be taking a serious look at this.”

Also Monday, the board approved the student fee schedule for the 2014-15 school year. There are two fees that will be increased. The driver’s education fee will be increased by $15 to $275 and the high school yearbook fee will increase from $40 to $45.