Due to personal property taxes being up this year and anticipated savings in the food service budget, Pierce City R-6 board members approved a 1 percent salary increase for administrators and non-certified staffers at their June meeting.
Cost to the district will be just over $30,000.
"This is comparable to the middle to upper-half range to other schools of our size," said Superintendent Russ Moreland. "We have also had some veteran teachers leave and replaced them with younger teachers."
Board members also adopted the 2011-2012 budget for the upcoming school year.
Moreland said the budget was still negatively impacted due to the national economic situation. The budget contains another decrease in transportation funding and reflects a mandatory increase of .5 percent in retirement for employees through the state retirement system. It also contains a 10.8 percent increase in insurance premiums.
Moreland assured board members that the budget had been planned to ensure spending was reduced to the minimum needed for supplies and equipment for the upcoming year.
The budget was planned on estimated revenues of $6,392,703 through real estate and personal property tax assessments.
Board members expressed their appreciation to Teresa Abramovitz, elementary principal, for her service to the district. She has served in that capacity for six years. Abramovitz will be taking an elementary principal's position with the Billings R-4 School District.
Kent Boursheski, vice president of the board, presented a plaque of appreciation to Moreland for his service to the district. Moreland will be serving as director of the Southwest Area Career Center in Monett. That job starts July 1.
"I came here 10 years ago hoping to survive one," Moreland said. "This is home for us. I hope people feel that I'm leaving the district better than it was, and I still plan on being very active with the community and school."
Pierce City R-6 board members accepted resignations and offered contracts to a number of employees during a recent meeting.
Resignations came from Kristy Berger, elementary teacher, and Chelsea Perry, high school business instructor.
Kristi Marion was offered the position of elementary principal for the upcoming year. The salary for that position is $58,000.
Probationary contracts were offered to Beth Bridges and Mishelle Pawlus, both of who will be teaching in the elementary school for the upcoming academic year.
Two extra duty contracts were offered to Jenna Eck, who will serve as the girls assistant volleyball and assistant girls basketball coach. She will receive a $2,800 stipend for the volleyball position and a $3,000 stipend for basketball coaching duties.
Tiffany Dirks was also offered an extra duty contract to serve as girls head basketball coach for the year. That contract carries a $4,265 stipend.