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September 24, 2012

Unofficial school enrollment numbers hold steady

CENTERVILLE —

The Centerville School Board met Monday, Sept. 10 for their regular monthly meeting. Board member Marty Braster was absent. They will meet again tonight for their annual meeting.
The board first discussed adjusting the contracts of Board secretary Linda Henderson and Buildings and Grounds/Transportation Director Brad Jones to give both a $10,000 raise. 
When looking at the board secretary position, the board looked at the average salaries for board secretaries from the 20 districts in the state with the closest comparable enrollment. Salaries in those districts during the 2010-2011 year ranged from $29,100 in Segeant Bluff-Luton to $80,000 in Atlantic. The average salary came to $57,577.40. Henderson’s current salary was $47,760. Superintendent Tony Ryan recommended that Henderson receive a $10,000 raise as she will be taking on more business manager duties due to consolidations in the school district.
The board okayed a $10,000 salary increase to $57,760.
The board then looked at the Buildings and Grounds/Trans-portation Director Brad Jones’ proposed salary increase. Jones began in January of 2011 in the new combined postion with a salary of $57,557. In 2011 the two separate positions received salaries of $55,827 for Buildings and Grounds Director and $35,545 for Transportaton Director.
Board member Tom Lange thought that Jone’s deserved the increase, but that maybe the board should wait until January to make it official, but said he would go with the majority decision of the board. The board approved the increase.
Even with the salary increases, the school system will still save $64,262 this year in administrative/depart-ment head salaries alone due to the elimination of the high school assistant principal position and the decision to not replace former  Buildings and Grounds Director Ed Shirley until Jones was hired midway through last school year.
The board approved resignations for Tony Endress from seventh grade football, Melissa Collins from high school cafeteria, Jana Frost from kindergarten aide at Garfield and Justine Ballanger from Garfield cafeteria. They also approved transfers for Gretchen Willier from full-time special education aide at Central to part-time preschool classroom aide, Rose Moon from full-time secretary to half-time secretary at Lakeview and Barbara Lubenow from part-time transitional kindergarten classroom aide to special education aide at Central.

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