MINSTER – Most of Minster School’s top administrators received three year contracts and a 3.5 percent pay increase at the school district’s Board of Education meeting Monday night.
The following 2019-20 salary increases were to Superintendent Brenda Boeke, $109,710, Treasurer Laura Klosterman, $73,278, Elementary Principal Leanne Keller, $86,792, Director of Student Services Josh Clune, $82,840, and Psychologist Alicia Everman, $74,443.
The one exception was the Junior/Senior High School Principal Austin Kaylor, who was awarded a one-year contract with salary for 2019-20 of $79,812. Kaylor is in his first year as principal.
The board also agreed to pay $281,757 to Waibel Energy Systems to install an elementary school automation system which will not only control heating and cooling but also humidity in the building.
Garmann Miller representatives Brad Garmann and Andrew Huelsman told the board Waibel guaranteed an annual energy savings of $37,500 per year. The project primarily will replace the heating and cooling controls although the contractor will also check the current actuators and dampers. The contract covers three years of maintenance. The current system is 17-years old with no control of humidity levels.
In other news, it was noted four board seats will be up for re-election in November. Current members Sandy Schulze and Trina Nixon are running again. Kurt Forsthoefel and John Heitbrink are not running. The deadline to apply to the Auglaize County Board of Elections is 4 pm on Aug. 7.
Keller said 36 K-3 students were participating in the summer reading program July 15-19 and Aug. 12-16. Sixty-seven students were invited to participate based on reading diagnostic scores. There was no cost to parents for the program. Summer reading instructors are Kelly Wiss and Kim Schwieterman.
In other action, it was agreed to give bus drivers key fobs for the school buildings since it was often necessary for them to enter the buildings after hours.
Boecke said all certified positions at Minster have been filled but the district continues to seek classified positions for bus route drivers. Those interested are asked to contact Clune.
She said the four local districts of Minster, New Bremen, New Knoxville and Waynesfield-Goshen were going to contract services with Mercer County ESC for their curriculum and gifted services. This decision came about because the Auglaize curriculum director and gifted coordinator has resigned and there was not enough time to wait for the hiring of a new person.
Jessica Wuebker, the half time student health aide, has decided to pursue other options and will not be returning as student health aide. Kay Schmiesing will remain with with the district to become a full time student health aide again.
Kaylor said that 76.2 percent of 42 students from the class of 2019 given advanced placement tests had scores that were 3 out of a five point scale. Most colleges grant credit for scores at that level.
Kaylor also said a group of 22 Minster students and 19 chaperones recently returned from their summer trip to Europe. The trip spanned from June 12-21, and he thanked group leader Alexis Blum for her efforts in organizing the trip and to Peg Rindler and Nick Baird for chaperoning.
Klosterman said it will not be necessary to raise lunch prices for the 2019-20 school year because the lunch account balance is doing well, with a balance of $118,725.16.
The treasurer also said payment of $18,633 was made to employees for non-use of personal days, sick days and unused vacation days for 12-month employees.
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