Support staff to receive raises next year
RANTOUL – Board members Monday voted to give Rantoul Township High School support staff members 4 percent pay raises for the 2006-07 school year.
But they tabled action on administrators' salaries, adjourning their regular meeting until 6:15 p.m. June 26 when they will take up that issue again.
The board also reviewed its amended budget for the 2005-06 school year, a budget with $5.6 million in education fund expenditures that will leave the district with an education fund balance on June 30 of about $678,000 and a working cash fund balance of about $1.2 million.
Meanwhile, Rantoul teachers' contract expires in August and negotiations are under way for a new contract. Rantoul Township High School Teachers' Association President Margie Hay said union members hope for a three-year contract like the one that's expiring. Hay said both sides are working hard to resolve existing contract issues.
In other business, the board hired Emily Weidner as dean of students. Weidner is currently a teacher at the school. The board also hired three special education teachers, Holly Crowder, Christine Lehnen and Katheryn Eichen; a business teacher, Elizabeth Martin; a guidance counselor, Leann Earp; and two English teachers, Hannah Yeam and Susan Graham, who will also teach theater. All are new teachers in the district.
They also hired assistant coaches Justin Franzen, Travis Flesner and Rich McCabe for the basketball program and Tyler Fagan and Bradon Smith for the football program. Dan Warner was hired as head wrestling coach and Smith will be his assistant.
"It doesn't complete our list of coaches, but it's a start," said Board President Mary Bolser.
Summer school teachers will include Betty Jones, Greg Van Hoorn and Justin Franzen and Bradon Smith will be the drivers' education teacher.
Superintendent David Requa outlined a list of summer improvements at the school, most of them covered by life safety funds.
The board also agreed to poll school parents at registration to see how many of them would use an Internet-based student information system that would allow them to look up disciplinary reports, grades and other information about their children on line.
"We need to find out if we have a significant number of parents who want and will use the information before we spend the money and go to the trouble to install it," Requa said.