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August Tomahawk School Board Recap

13 Aug News

The Tomahawk School board held their regular board meeting last night, beginning with consent agenda items, which included a pair of resignations: Cathy Schmidt, gifted and talented teacher and Sarah Kaminski a middle school teacher.

Administrator Sherri Baker briefly touched on the June and July Financial report as the district transitions from one fiscal year to the next. She says the numbers are very close to where they need to be.

Mike Debels says his staff are wrapping up their summer clean-up and projects for the break, as students return in less than a month. Projects include updates to the common’s bathrooms, an academic trophy case, the track, and installing motion sensors in the gymnasiums as part of an energy saving project.

The board approved the preliminary budget, which will be published and back for the annual board meeting next month. Expenditures come in up 5.6%, but the overall levy is down a half percent. The total this year is $11.1 million. The preliminary budget uses estimated figures which won’t be finalized until later this year.

The board laid over a series of revisions to the board’s non-discrimination policies due to some clerical issues. The board will take them up at their annual retreat this month.

Finally the board, after additional discussion, approved the alternative compensation model for teacher pay. The discussions have been ongoing with input from the TEA, the negotiations committee, the board and Academic Compensation Model Envoy (ACME) committee made up of teachers and board members. The model will establish additional recurring or non-recurring stipend opportunities such as leadership roles or additional education. Approval of the policy came by a 5-3 vote with Powell, Hafemann and Meyer voting nay.