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Lead para-educator negotiator Lori Anderson of Jefferson Elementary.
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Business Manager Stuart Simpson

The North Platte school board approved a 3 percent raise for teacher’s aides (para-educators) Tuesday, signing off on an agreement between the union and the school district.

Somewhat like teachers, para-educators are paid according to a 13-level pay scale, based on education and experience.

Starting pay is $9.86 an hour. The top pay is $19.82 an hour for licensed paras such as LPNs and sign language interpreters.

The agreement also includes sick time based on the number of hours worked. A para who works five hours a day receives five hours of sick leave a month.

Paras are allowed to accumulate 600 hours of sick leave. If an aide works 15 straight years and is 55 or older, he or she gets a check for 40% of their accumulated sick leave, Associate Superintendent Tami Eshleman said.

When a para reaches the top, 13th level, they receive a $400 stipend a year in lieu of a step raise, under the new agreement.


At the football field

A new restroom and concession stand will be built near the southwest corner of the high school football field, North Platte Schools Business Manager Stuart Simpson said Tuesday.

Simpson told the board of education that the restrooms on the home side of the field are often inadequate and are not handicapped accessible.

He said the new building will cost around $250,000. It will be constructed south of the existing restroom, which will be torn down.

Simpson said the building will ready by the end of September if all goes as planned.

“Anyone who has looked at the restrooms is well aware of the need,” school board President Kathy Phares said.

During the 2013 football season, the number of patrons entering the games were counted, so the maximum amount of stalls were calculated to accommodate men and women, Simpson said.

Hewgley and Associates architects put together the plans for the building

Also, Hewgley and Associates are putting together a cost estimate for repair of the high school track, according to the minutes of the finance committee meeting.


In other business, the board:

• Revised policies regarding attendance, high ability learners, bid letting for construction projects, student discipline, safe transportation, concussions and athletic contests. The revisions bring the district into compliance with recently enacted state laws.

• Approved subsequent updates to student handbooks at each school building.

• Learned that Simpson is a Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations -- the only one in Nebraska. Simpson passed exams in accounting and school adminstration to earn the certification, which is offered by the National Association of School Business Managers.

"He is the first SFO in Nebraska," Supt. Marty Bassett told the board.

• Approved a contract for John Bryn to be the principal at Jefferson Elementary for the 2014-15 school year.

• Approved a contract for Brett Joneson for the 2014-15 school year. Joneson is then new assistant principal at Madison Middle School, taking over the duties of Bryn, who was the dean of students. Joneson was the Assistant Activities Director and the director of middle school activities in 2013-14. His salary was $80,000 and is now $92,000.

• Accepted the resignation of veteran high school electronics teacher Gordan Peeks.

• Approved a teaching contract for Sally Becker for the 2014-15 year.

• Set the next board meeting for 5:30 p.m. July 8. The board only meets once a month during June and July.



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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/11/2014
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