The Washington Times-Herald

November 14, 2013

Barr-Reeve passes new teacher contract

By Lindsay Owens Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald

---- — 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.

Madison and the board also took time to praise the volleyball team on their state championship victory over the weekend and Jarit Perkins on his recent cross country accomplishments.

The board then approved two coaching recommendations for basketball as well as 19 spring coaching recommendations. Nathan Lester was approved as the volunteer elementary boys basketball coach and the varsity baseball coach and Kevin Wood was approved as the seventh grade girls basketball coach. Other appointments were Jared Miller (junior varsity baseball coach), Eric Yoder (high school baseball assistant), Brian Wagler (volunteer baseball assistant), Dean Scott (volunteer baseball assistant), Chris Winkler (junior high baseball), Josh Swartzentruber (junior high baseball assistant), Darren Kenney (varsity softball), Mike Pruett (high school softball assistant), Aubrey Barnard (volunteer high school softball coach), Dave Kavanaugh (volunteer high school softball coach), Jeff Jones (volunteer high school softball coach), Tony Graber (junior high softball coach), Mandy Hannah (girls varsity tennis coach), Ashley Seal (girls high school tennis assistant), Jordan Guinn (girls high school tennis volunteer), Kelsie Miller (girls junior high tennis coach), Kacie James (girls junior high tennis volunteer) and Matt Anderson (varsity golf coach).

After the conclusion of the the business portion of the meeting, Maria Knepp asked about the cost of the insurance for the members of the school board. The topic, which was brought up by Knepp at the last school board meeting in October, speared a discussion that last several minutes.

"I can see where the cost of the insurance is high," said Galen Graber, one of the board members. "We've talked about that 12 years ago the state said the board could have insurance. It didn't start out that high but like everything it's gone up. But our pay (for being on the school board) has stayed the same for 20 years."

Knepp then asked board member Joe Cummings if he would give up his insurance until the teachers are better paid because he had said in an earlier meeting that he was a public servant as a member of the board and she felt the money spent on the insurance plan was "expensive for a public servant."

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Dec. 10.