Jun 012011

By Teri Walker–

Joseph City school employees will receive a third and final stipend for the 2010-11 school year, providing the equivalent of a three-step increase above the current salary schedule.

The Joseph City School District Governing Board voted in a special meeting May 24 to provide the third stipend out of the current year’s budget, using maintenance and operations funds.

In a previous regular board meeting, the governing board awarded stipends equating to two salary step increases, using federal stimulus money entitled EduJobs funds.

District secretary Kathy Mitchell explained that school district employees have not received a pay increase in three years, due to budget constraints. The stipends do not represent a permanent increase in salary, rather they are the district’s attempt to make up for the stagnant salaries of recent years.

In total, the district is distributing an additional $155,633 to employees, $94,968 in EduJobs funds and $60,665 from the maintenance and operation budget.

The extra money will be included in the district’s next round of paychecks.

In other business, the governing board appointed William Bushman, Luke DeWitt and Zach Miller as at-will maintenance and grounds workers.

The board also accepted the resignation of music teacher Kyle Gardner, and the retirement of cafeteria worker Judy Young.