The Pierce City R-6 Board of Education made preparations for summer school and the 2010-11 school year in action taken at the April monthly meeting.
Whether or not Pierce City will offer summer school lhas not been determined. Board members nonetheless approved a salary schedule in the event that summer school would happen in some form. Rates are $25 an hour for administrators, $20 an hour for teachers and a lower scales for secretaries, food service staff and teacher's aides.
The board accepted two resignations and hired three new teachers for next year. Leaving the district are Jessica Rinehart, high school business teacher, and Traci Mitchell, who taught high school and middle school business.
Susan Liebee was hired as a teacher for English language learners. Liebee is completing her studies at Missouri Southern State University, and this will be her first full-time teaching position.
Deana Stewart was hired as a high school science teacher. Stewart is a Missouri Southern graduate who has been working as a full-time substitute in the Carl Junction District for the past year. This will be her first full-time teaching post.
Chelsea Holmes was hired as a high school business teacher. Holmes comes to Pierce City from the McAuley District, where she served as athletic director and coach. She was offered an extra duty contract as girls high school basketball coach, succeeding Marty Rinehart.
Judy Wachter was hired as a new technology director. A certified business teacher, Wachter comes from the East Newton District but will concentrate entirely on technology in Pierce City.
The board also accepted the resignation of Tiffany Dirks from the extra duty job as assistant high school volleyball coach. The job of assistant high school track coach was offered to incoming head football coach Greg Whitehead.
Board members approved an 8.3 percent increase in health insurance costs using Mercy Health Plans under the coalition of districts through which Pierce City buys its healthcare policy. The increase was reduced by increasing the teacher's portion of the co-pay on bills from 20 to 30 percent. The district will pay $299.18 per employee monthly for the coming year.
The KidsGuard Insurance program was reauthorized for next year. Parents are able to buy insurance to cover athletes at a reduced rate under the program.
Superintendent Russ Moreland reported the district has been approved to receive a $15,000 grant for special education services and professional development for the coming school year. Moreland praised the work of the elementary special education staff for preparing the application, which was submitted last year.
Jim Rutledge from the architectural firm of Werner and Associates was present to report the current building project is progressing on schedule. The lobby of the gym will be open for use during commencement exercises on May 18.
For the second year, board members agreed to a cooperative agreement with St. Mary's Catholic School, allowing St. Mary's students to participate in extra-curricular sports. The arrangement is similar to the present year, wherein St. Mary's can opt out of participating in a specific sport if the parochial school has enough players to field a full team to play in its league.