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Riverside discusses calamity day plans

Riverside Pirates

Administrators issued raises

Amid the subzero temperatures earlier this week and the snowy conditions that arrived at the end of the week, Riverside Board of Education members discussed calamity day plans for the district at their Thursday evening meeting.

Superintendent Scott Mann said as of Thursday, the district had used seven calamity days so far this school year. However, today’s cancellation of classes now puts Riverside at eight days.

Each school district in the state is allotted five calamity days per year, but a newer option allows districts three additional calamity days if its students make up assignments through various options.

Riverside students of all grade levels have been able to utilize this “blizzard bag” option this week for making up school work, Mr. Mann said. Pupils either make up work online or through take-home assignments.

Because the district is now at its eight-day limit, any additional cancellations would result in school days that must be made up. Presidents Day, Feb. 17, is one make-up day option that the school has in place in that situation, the superintendent said.

Also relating to the winter weather, Jason Bell, maintenance/transportation director, reported that the district burned through 12 percent of its propane during the first two days of this week when temperatures hovered at 0 degrees or below. During this time, the school building also was in its “unoccupied mode,” with the thermostat set in the mid-60s.

Several administrators were issued salary increases at the meeting following annual evaluations that took place last month.

The superintendent was issued a 3.16 percent salary increase, with his new salary set at $80,243.43, while Treasurer Jennifer Blackford was issued a 3.75 percent raise, with a new salary of $67,437.50, both effective Jan. 1.

Mr. Bell also was given a 3.33 percent raise, his new salary is $41,332, also effective Jan. 1.

Member Robert Bender noted that the raises for the administrators were considered because these personnel do not receive step increases like the certified staff members. He said the raises were equivalent to a step increase for each individual.

In other financial matters, the board approved a $400 stipend to be paid to each classified staff member, excluding the treasurer and the maintenance director, no later than March 1. This compensation was considered because classified staff have not received raises since 2007, members said.

Supplemental contracts also were extended to staff members who are coordinating the second session of the district’s Pirate Academy, which began this week and runs through Feb. 28.

Contracts were issued to Derrick Purtee, Kelly Kauffman, Stephanie Smith, Andy Phelps, Darcy Jenkins, Stacey Fauley, Ken Truster and Michelle Weadock.

The academy involves before-school and after-school programming, and is geared for students in grades 7-12. It is being offered as a direct result of the district’s receipt of more than $100,000 through a 21st Century Community Learning Center federal grant.

During the organizational meeting that proceeded the regular meeting, Don Klingler was re-elected president, and Brian Wright was re-elected vice president of the board.

Members set their regular monthly meetings for 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

The board also called for a work session at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, for the purpose of discussing the 10-year maintenance plan and curriculum.

In other action, the board:

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