Teacher contract is approved

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It took nearly the entire school year, but at Monday’s meeting of the Switzerland County School board, the master contract between the school corporation and the certified teachers for the 2006-2007 school year was officially approved.

The contract provides for a 1.45-percent pay raise for teachers in the system with a masters degree or higher; and a 1.25-percent pay increase for all certified teachers without masters degrees.

The pay raise also will be used and applied to the administrative salary formula. Pay raises for non-certified personnel were agreed upon at the beginning of the school year.

The school board also heard requests for the Switzerland County School Endowment Corporation on several projects, including calculators and furnishings for the middle school; replacing the roof at the Old Gym; new folding chairs for the high school; and the remodeling of the high school band room.

All of these projects were approved by the board and forwarded on to the endowment corporation.

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In other business discussed by the school board:

– The board accepted a donation of reference books from the Bartholomew County Public Library for the high school library.

– The school board approved an accounting system disaster recovery plan update in order to be in line with state and federal guidelines.

– Tammy Beitzel and Shannon Barger were hired as summer school teachers.

– Tammy Martin was hired as the new varsity volleyball coach.

– Brian Grigsby was hired as the new girls varsity soccer coach.

– Erin Gerth was approved as the new varsity cheerleading coach.

– The board accepted the resignation of Janie Konkle as the seventh and eighth grade cheerleading coach.

– It was announced that Cynthia Griffith of Switzerland County Elementary School and Bonnie Fancher of Switzerland County High School have been selected as the District 9 Elementary Teacher and Secondary Teacher of the Year by the American Legion.

– Ruth Lohide asked the school board if it would like to participate in Farm Bureau, Inc.,’s “Teacher of the Year” program. The school corporation is allowed to nominate one teacher for the honor each year.

– The resignation of Tonya Moore as an aide at the middle school was accepted.

- All professional leave requests and use of facilities requests were approved as presented.