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November 14, 2013

Barr-Reeve passes new teacher contract

MONTGOMERY —The Barr-Reeve School Board met Tuesday night and approved a new certified teacher contract for 2013-2015.

Superintendent Travis Madison said that the new contract, which has to be renewed every two years, will mean that 75 percent of the teacher pay will be based on the teacher performance rating and 25 percent will be based on the number of years of experience.

"Our new model will provide base increases to only effective or highly effective teachers," said Madison. "Teachers are evaluated no less than four times a year by the administration and at the end of the year, the administration will put together a summative performance rating based upon those evaluations as well as student test scores, or curriculum measures set up during the year in order to show student growth."

While the new contract will make teachers wait longer to hit the top of the pay scale, Madison said it will provide more equal raises to employees throughout their years of experience. The state mandates that no more than 33 percent of a teacher's salary can be based on their years of experience.

Some of those in attendance asked what other nearby corporations were doing with their contracts and both Madison and board discussed some of the formulas other school corporations were using to decide salary.

In other business, it was announced that the school had received a $15,000 school safety grant. A portion of the grant will be used to repair doors that do not close properly as well as other upgrades. Madison said that the idea of shared resource officer may come into play in the future. The grant money could not be used for something the corporation already had in place.

"That's just something we can look at. We have a lot of law enforcement come in but maybe at some point we could split the cost of a resource officer with Washington Community Schools that could be on call for us," he said.

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