Columbia School Board updated on plans to reassign teachers

Monday, May 14, 2012 | 10:39 p.m. CDT; updated 7:18 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 15, 2012

COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Schools teachers affected by the district's shift to intermediate schools with sixth- to eighth-graders will soon find out where they will be reassigned when the transition takes place in fall 2013.

Dana Clippard, assistant superintendent for human resources, told the Columbia School Board at its meeting Monday evening that 691 letters will be sent out Friday to faculty to let them know their assignments or if they still need to be assigned.

She said those who had not been assigned generally had enrollment-based positions or might have requested to transfer to a different level of education, such as from secondary to elementary level. 

The board also approved a 10-cent increase in school lunch prices and received updates on a possible new bell system at its Monday meeting.

Items the board voted on included:

  • The board voted unanimously to approve a 10-cent increase in school lunch prices. This brings the total to $2.50 for secondary students and $2.25 for elementary students. The increase will cost students about $17 more per year, district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said in a previous Missourian article.
  • The board unanimously approved amendments to several policies to include procedures about disclosing information about allegations of sexual misconduct by former employees with a student. 

    Columbia Public Schools would be required to disclose that information to other school districts asking about potential new hires.

    The district's policy committee recommended these changes in response to updates made by the Missouri School Boards' Association, Baumstark said in a previous Missourian article.
  • The board voted unanimously to pass an amendment to an existing policy on professional staff salaries. The deadline for employees to request higher pay for completing graduate school coursework changed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. 

What else happened:

  • David Wilson, coordinator of transportation for the district, made a presentation about the possibility of using a three-tier bell system. This would break up school beginning and ending times into three groups. It would reduce the number of required buses, increase hours for bus drivers, improve bus driver retention and reduce transportation costs. 
  • Linda Quinley, chief financial officer for the district, led a discussion about the assumptions and parameters used for the proposed 2012-13 budget, as well as increases to the budget. The proposed budget includes about $8 million in increases and adds about 63 full-time employees. Quinley said the board would have time to review the budget before its June 11 meeting. The district's 2012-13 fiscal year begins July 1.

    Budget increases include all salary schedules, the start-up staff for Battle High School, $2 million in technology for schools, increases to the school supply budget and expenditures related to the secondary reorganization, Quinley said.

What’s next?

The next school board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. June 11. The location of the meeting will be announced later.

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