Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

Yesterday my family took the opportunity to attend the Memorial Day services in Greene. The community of Greene held an exceptional program, involving the boy scouts, girl scouts, and of course our veterans.

The ceremony at the Shell Rock River Bridge could not be held in a more beautiful place. The weather cooperated, and there was a nice audience for this portion of the ceremony.

The portion of the service at the Rose Hill Cemetery saw what appeared to be a much larger audience. The message in the Main Address given by Pat Bouillon on "was it worth it",  hit very close to home for Melissa and Me, as our oldest son has chosen to serve as a US Marine.  I believe, as was stated in Mr. Bouillon's address, that the only person who can make that decision is the serviceman or woman themselves. They know that when they make that decision to serve what that ultimate outcome may be.

Thank you to the City of Greene and the veteran's for putting on a wonderful program, and allowing the North Butler HS band to take part in a special day of remembrance.

A special thank you to all of those brave men and women who have served or are serving our country.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Board Notes 5-24-16

Good morning,
Last evening the North Butler Board of Education took the following actions:

Approved the 16-17 Master Contract with the NBEA
Approved 16-17 Administrative contracts
Tabled driver contracts until June 13 Meeting

Approved classified staff letters of assignment for 16-17

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Special Board Meeting Tuesday May 24, 2016


Mission Statement
To create a positive learning environment that promotes high achievement, responsible citizenship, and success for all.


North Butler Community Schools
Special Board Meeting Tuesday May 24, 2016, 7 PM
North Butler Elementary School - Media Center, Allison

1.     Call to Order
2.     Review and Approve Agenda
3.     Public Items of Discussion
4.     Board Items of Discussion
a.     Admin Concerns
5.     Exempt session- to discuss negotiations
6.     Approve Master Contract
7.     Approve Admin Contracts
8.     Approve Classified Letters of Assignment
9.     Human Resources
A.    Resignations-
B.    Contracts
C.    Subs-
10.  Adjournment

Next Meeting June 13, 2016, 6:30 PM NB JH/HS Media Center, Greene.



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Friday, May 13, 2016

Bus Driver Pay

Bus Driver Pay
The Facts

It has been brought to my attention that several bus drivers and some community members are unhappy with the pay that bus drivers receive from the district. This memo is written to present all the facts with explanations.

Several weeks ago, it was brought to my attention that the bus drivers had been inadvertently overpaid for activities-against board approved pay scale and policy. When missing one of their routes, they were being paid 2.5 hours at both the $19.24/hr for their route, plus an additional $11.67/hr (activity rate) for that same time span, so $30.91/hr for 2.5 hours, then the activity rate of $11.67 after that. I made the decision that this needed to stop-effective immediately, as the business manager and myself have no authority to work outside the bounds of board policy and approved pay/wage scales. We did not ask for any of the overpayment back. No members of the board, the business manager, or I were aware that this was happening.

You will note that board policy 412.1 it states- The board will determine the compensation to be paid for the classified employees' positions, keeping in mind the education and experience of the classified employee, the educational philosophy of the school district, the financial condition of the school district and any other considerations as deemed relevant by the board.

On May 19, 2015, the board adopted the classified pay scale for 2015-16. Here is what was adopted for the transportation department.
Transportation
Transportation Director
 $40,000
Bus Route Driver
 $19.24
2.5 hours per route
Activity Practice Bus Shuttle Driver
 $22.34
1 hour per trip
Activity Route Driver
 $11.67
per hour
Coach Bus Activity Driver
 $22.25
Per activity
SPED Van Driver
 $15.28
1 hour minimum


The drivers are guaranteed to get 5 hours a day at $19.24/hr, whether they work for the 5 hours, or they get their routes done in 3.5-4 hours. That guarantees them $96.20/day. That works out to be $17,316/yr for 5 hours per day, and approximately 180 days, and then they also have activities on top of that if they choose to drive them. You will see that nowhere in here is there a bonus or stipend on top of the regular rate. When I arrived here, we did not have a pay scale to use for classified staff.

As a result of the complaints of several bus drivers, the board met in exempt session on Monday May 11, 2016. The board decided to go back and pay the drivers at $19.24/hr for everything they had driven. This results in each bus driver getting any where from an extra $80, to an extra $1169 in their next check. The drivers were told this on Wednesday May 11th. The total that will be paid out is $2877.78 extra from the General Fund.

When I arrived here the district was in dire financial straits. We have worked diligently for the past 2 years to fix that. We must balance fair pay with budgetary issues. I believe the Board has tried to do that.

Folks there are a lot of good things going on at North Butler. Our kids are winning contests through TV Stations, scoring Level 1 rankings in Music contests, creating magnificent artwork, and our staff has worked to ensure that our kids have the things that they need to be successful when they leave North Butler.


I would hope we can continue to move positively.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

KGAN Contest Winners!

I would like to take a moment to thank KGAN CBS 2 for holding the msg2teens contest, and then coming to North Butler High School this morning to present awards to North Butler’s own Darrian and Karley for winning the contest.

Darrian and Karley put together the video in Mrs. Ackerman’s drama class, then submitted the video to KGAN.  In total 4 videos were submitter from North Butler, of a total 36 entered in the contest. This is the second year of the contest, and the second time that students from a small school have won the contest.


Special thank you to Justin Roberts and Rachel Faust for coming out to make the presentation of the $500 checks to Darrian and Karley, and the $1000 check to North Butler HS. We will make sure that the $1000 goes back into the program so that they can upgrade their equipment to enhance more creative minds!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Board Notes 5-9-16

Last evening the North butler Board of Education took the following actions:

1. Amended the FY 16 budget
2. Approved list of graduates (graduation is Sunday May 22nd at 1:30)
3. Approved changes to Policy 803.2 (disposition of materials)
4. Approved bid from Schroeder Concrete for sidewalks for handicap accessibility and fire exit at elementary.
5. Tabled Master Contract, Admin Contracts, and Classified Letters of Assignment to a later date.
6. Approved the following personnel items;

  • a. Contracts
  • b. Elem. Couselor-Samantha Gribben
  • c. Elem. Maint. Custodian-Paul Watson
  • d. HS Language Arts-Whitney Stahr
  • e. HR/Secty-DeAnne Borglum

  • f. Resignations
  • g. Carly Schmitt-Preschool/TAG
  • h. Todd Thompson-Asst. Football

  • i. Summer Food Program
  • j. Kim M and Jeanie Krull-Greene Site
  • k. Kay J and Robin –Allison Site




Thursday, May 5, 2016

May 9, 2016 Board Meeting


Mission Statement
To create a positive learning environment that promotes high achievement, responsible citizenship, and success for all.


North Butler Community Schools
Board Meeting Monday May 9, 2016, 6:30 PM
North Butler Elementary School - Media Center, Allison

1.     Call to Order
2.     Hearing to Amend FY 16 Budget
3.     Review and Approve Agenda
4.     Review and Approve Minutes from April 11, 2016
5.     Financial reports
6.     Public Items of Discussion
7.     Board Items of Discussion
a.     Survey results
b.     Commencement/Baccalaureate
c.     Bus drivers
8.     Approve amending of FY 16 Budget
9.     Approve graduate list
10.  Approve changes to policy 803.1-dispositition of obsolete equipment-waive 2nd reading
11.  Approve sidewalks at Allison site for playground access
12.  Exempt session- to discuss negotiations
13.  Approve Master Contract
14.  Approve Admin Contracts
15.  Approve Classified Letters of Assignment
16.  Human Resources
A.    Resignations-
B.    Contracts
C.    Subs-
17.  Administrative Reports
18.  Board Reflections of meeting
19.  Adjournment

Next Meeting June 13, 2016, 6:30 PM NB JH/HS Media Center, Greene.



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