Apr 172013

By Naomi Hatch
“We don’t know how much longer we can continue to do this,” Snowflake School District Superintendent Hollis Merrell said last week of proposed salary increases that could be given due to attrition and combining positions.
“Last year the goal was to get the base step to $30,000,” said Merrell at the April 11 governing board meeting. “We want to get the base step up as high as we can.”
The recommendation was an increase of $538 to the base step for certified teaching staff, which would increase the base to $29,788; a step increase for classified supervisor, administrators, partial classified, psychologists, education specialist, OT-PT, COTA, speech therapist and school nurse; and an increase in hourly rates for classified aides, health techs and selected classified positions.
The governing board unanimously approved the listed salary increases for the 2013-14 school year.
In other business, the board had met previously to discuss proposed budget adjustments, which totaled $235,000.
“The good news about that is that’s probably the least we’ve cut,” said Merrell, who explained that declining enrollment and the desire to give increases were the reasons for these cuts.
The board unanimously approved the budget cuts and staffing summaries for the 2013-14 school year.
Because of the approval of the previous items, as a formality the governing board approved the 2013-04 salary schedules with the wage increases included.
The board approved out-of-state travel for the juniors and seniors to attend a football camp scheduled July 7 at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. There will be 30 to 35 students attending at a cost of $260 per student, which will be paid with funds from Football Club and Booster Club fundraisers. Merrell said this was brought to the governing board for only one reason and that was the use of district vehicles.
The governing board unanimously approved a recommendation to hire Heinfeld, Meech and Co., P.C., for audit services. This contract is renewable every year for up to five years. Two proposals were received.