Morrin hired as Little Wolf High School principal
The hiring was pending the acceptance of resignation from his current employer - Suring School District. After the board voted unanimously to hire Morrin, Ed Dombrowski, district administrator for the Manawa School District informed the board that Morrin informed him that the Suring School District did accept his resignation.
Morrin will be paid $75,000 for the 2012-13 school year, which is prorated for the period Aug. 23, 2012 through June 30, 2013.
Other contracts approved by the board included: Mary Roenz for district assessment coordinator at $25 per hour; Judith Connelly, 50 percent FTE curriculum interventionist at a salary of $19,125.50; Kevin Murphy, 5/8 FTE physical education/health teacher at a salary of $19,955; and Luke Hass, 25 percent computer literacy/social studies teacher at a salary of $9,400.
Megan Yeska updated the board on the search for hiring a librarian. She said the job opening was posted on Wednesday, Aug. 1 and the district received five applications before the posting closed. Four of those applicants had the proper certifications, of which, Yeska said she chose to contact two of those applicants. One of those didn't return messages and the other had already taken another job.
Later during the meeting, board of education president, Kurt Kreklow, addressed the board about his concern that the school year is about to begin and the district is still looking for a librarian. He asked the board members for input as to the direction the board should take.
Zielke informed the board that she did some research and found that the pool of qualified candidates is small, and in most cases, the candidate would have to relocate.
It was suggested to pursue the CESA option.
Zielke said if that option was chosen, she wanted to make sure that the budget for next year still contained money for a library/media specialist position.
Board treasurer, Paul Sturm suggested the district start its search earlier next year so it has a better chance at finding a qualified candidate.
Since the school year is only a week away, Kreklow asked the board members if any of them objected to giving Dombrowski the authority to hire the best available candidate so approval by the board doesn't have to wait until the September meeting. No board members objected.
The board also unanimously approved a proposed wage increase for the MEA, calculated on the base pay using the CPI as published by the appropriate state agency. The wage increase would be 3.16 percent for 2012-13 if the MEA approves it.
"The base wage is your base pay including your seniority, but it does not include the portion of your compensation related to your additional education," Sturm said. "So the effective rate is something less than the 3.16 percent. I think it's important for people to understand that."
The wage increase would have a budget impact of $66,698.61.
Sturm also said the base level was not increased last year. Instead, a one-time stipend was paid out.
The board also approved a 5 percent increase in its health insurance premiums for its upcoming budget.
The district received two bids for its milk contract for the 2012-13 school year, one from Morning Glory and one from Engelhardt Dairy. Morning Glory had the contract last year.
Zielke said she had heard that the students didn't like the taste of the milk.
Dombrowski said when comparing the two bids, there was a cost savings of $2,000 if the board accepted the Engelhardt bid. The board accepted the Engelhardt bid by a vote of 5-1. Zielke voted no. Rob Karski was not present.
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