Slater school board adjusts summer school teacher pay, sets date for baccalaureate

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

At their monthly noon meeting Friday, Feb. 1, Slater Board of Education members unanimously approved a change in teacher pay schedules for summer school and set the date of baccalaureate as Sunday, May 4, at a time to be decided later.

Teachers in the Slater district have previously been able to take all of their summer pay in a lump sum at the beginning of the summer or spread it over more than one pay period. The software program now used by the district to create the paychecks cannot easily accommodate these two options. The board had earlier tabled action on the issue until teachers had an opportunity to vote on the issue.

The vote indicated a slight majority of teachers preferred to receive their paychecks in a lump sum; After a short discussion, the lump sum option was adopted unanimously.

Superintendent John McEachern reported ten students from Slater High School will be accompanied by teacher John Goodman to polling places in Slater for the Feb. 5 presidential preference primary vote. The students will assist poll workers as part of the "It's Your Turn: Be a Poll Worker" program sponsored by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's office. McEachern said, "This is an exceptional opportunity for the students" to observe and assist in the voting process.

Pat Peterson reported on the book club, which will sponsor a book sale Saturday, March 15. The sale is a fundraiser for "One Book Community Day" to be held Thursday, May 1, when the club will provide copies of "Because of Winn Dixie," a popular book that is the basis for a hit movie of the same name, to students in the 4th through 8th grades. The books were donated to the book club by Scholastic Books.

The board also discussed the formation of "site-based" committees to prepare for future state evaluations. Committees will consist of two certified teachers, two parents, two staff members and two business and/or community leaders. Nominations have been made for these positions on each of two committees. The groups will meet once per quarter and are intended to help keep the district's focus on educating students and in line with overall goals.

The next regular meeting of the board is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.

Contact Kathy Fairchild at marshallhealth@socket.net

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