By Naomi Hatch
For the past three years, the Snowflake Unified School District has used a portion of the Indian gaming money it receives to compensate teachers prior to the Christmas break.
Superintendent Hollis Merrell asked the governing board Dec. 4 to approve giving $400 to each teacher from the gaming funds.
He explained that Indian gaming monies can be used for instructional improvement, which is what the teachers have been working on for several years and have shown positive results. Merrell said that teachers will be asked to continue to adapt to the new standards and tests.
Merrell noted that at the urging of board members, they found a way to give bonuses to all other employees by using forest fees funds. The auditors cleared this action last year.
Those employees will receive 50 cents per hour for the hours they have worked thus far on their contract.
The board unanimously approved using the Indian gaming funds to compensate teachers for instructional improvement and forest fees to give all other employees 50 cents per hour for the hours they have worked to date.
In other action the board approved the Taylor Intermediate School improvement plan.
Merrell explained that as part of the 301 Performance Pay Plan, any school that drops below a B must create an improvement plan. Taylor Intermediate was one point under a B.