BB School Board Approves Classified Raises, Moves Forward with Preschool

BB School Board Approves Classified Raises, Moves Forward with Preschool
Broken Bow School board meets on Monday night and discusses the next step in the preschool project among other agenda items

BROKEN BOW–Based on evaluations, classified staff members were approved for either a zero, one, or two percent raise during Monday night’s Broken Bow School Board meeting. The raises account for an approximately $10,000 increase in overall salary. According to the meeting agenda, this is $50,809 less than last year’s total classified pay due to fewer classified staff members than last year.

Three new teachers have been hired to the Broken Bow Public Schools teaching staff. Zella Briggs (4th grade), Dana Wood (1st grade), and Ellen Kuhl (elementary art) were all approved for hire on Monday night to replace teachers who had previously resigned.

The board approved the April treasurer’s report in which J.B. Atkins said the district is up in revenue and down in expenditures.

Activities Director Jeff Ellis said seven students qualified for state track and competed in eight events over the weekend. Two students brought home medals; Matt Ambler tied for fifth in pole vault and Lindsay Schauda placed eighth in 300 meter hurdles.

A $0.10 increase for all breakfast and lunches was approved with Lunchtime Solutions for 2019-2020.

In a four-to-two vote the board approved paying Superintendent Darren Tobey the equivalent of one day’s wage per month as he takes on some of the roles of former Director of Operations Joe Shea, as he retires this year, instead of hiring someone to fill Shea’s role.

A motion passed five to one to move forward with the preschool addition project and for BD Construction (out of Kearney) to act as construction manager and CG Architects (out of North Platte) to act as the design team. The next step is for those two companies and the school board to begin acquiring bids for subcontractors. As of the April 23 public meetings, the estimated cost of the project was around $1.9 million. Board President Tom Osmond said the project would not be paid by with a levy increase.

The board also approved the superintendent evaluation and voted to keep activity pass prices the same as the previous year. The Broken Bow School Board will meet for a work session on June 3 at 7:30 p.m.