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School board approves new contracts, accepts resignations

The Eagle Butte 20-1 school board met along with the combined district and BIE school  boards on Monday night for the April monthly meeting.

The 20-1 board accepted the resignations of 1st grade teacher Monica Slocum, Elementary computer teacher Diana Sutfin, and 7th Grade Science teacher Amy Cambell.

The board approved the hiring of Michael Busch as a kitchen worker.

20-1 Business Manager Keith Watt presented the board with the breakdown of the new funding the school will receive following the signing of House Bill 1182 .

In 2017, the district will receive $294,330 from the proffers of HB 1182. The funding is contingent on two conditions. The first being the district needs to spend 85% of the new funds. Secondly, the average salary must increase by 13.12%.

Currently Watt reported that the current starting salary of 20-1 employees is $36,950. With the new funding, the starting salary will increase to $44,780.

The current average salary of 20-1 employees is $45,319.00. The average salaries will increase to $53,149. The current average salary with benefits is $59,664 and will increase to $67,494.

The board approved the out of state travel of Superintendant Carol Veit to attend the University of Montana Job Fair in Missoula, Montana on April 18. Veit will attend the job fair with Acting BIE School Supervisor Larry Mendoza and Mary Mitchell. The three will meet and potentially recruit new teachers to the area.

A Building Committee meeting will be held on May 3 at 5:00 p.m. The committee will discuss the facilities, along with a walk through of the teacher housing.

The board entered into executive session to discuss personnel and upon exiting, made the motion to place an unnamed employee on administrative leave without pay.

Combined Meeting

The 20-1 and 95-561 combined boards met at 7:00 p.m.

The boards approved the hiring of Kit Veit as the new Curriculum Coordinator and Mary Mitchell for a 1st Grade teaching position. Curt Corey was hired for the Assistant Junior High Track Coach.

Primary Principal Terri McClellan, Upper Elementary Principal Cora Peterson, and E.A.G.L.E. Center Principal Vicki Birkeland provided reports to the board.

The Primary, Upper Elementary, E.A.G.L.E Center, and staff handbooks were approved.