School board approves contracts

Minot Public Schools kids will be getting out early eight times during the next school year so that teachers can attend professional development classes.

Kim Slotsve, assistant superintendent, told the school board Tuesday that next year’s calendar made it challenging to fit in extra professional development hours, so she asked for permission to dismiss school at 1:30 p.m. once a month. The state will grant the district a waiver to dismiss early for professional development, but only for two years, said Slotsve. Slotsve said she has spoken with the CLC Program, the district’s after school program, about providing child care options on those days for parents who are working. She will also talk with the after school program at Minot Air Force Base.

The school board also approved a two year teachers contract, contingent upon the Minot Education Association ratifying it. The contract calls for an 8.56 percent increase in salaries and benefits for the first year and a 6.16 percent increase for the second year. The total cost of the increase to the district would be $3.8 million in 2013-2014 and $2.9 million in 2014-2015.

The board also approved a contract with the Minot Administrators Association that will give the same increase in salaries and benefits for administrators. There will be a $4,395 increase to the base salary for an administrator in 2013-2014, bringing the base salary to $62,655 and a $2,070 increase in 2014-2015, bringing the base salary to $64,725. The total increase will cost an additional $252,069 in 2013-2014 and an additional $196,880 in 2014-2015.

Also on Tuesday, the board approved a bid to replace the cooling tower at Minot High School-Magic City Campus. The former cooling tower, an important component of the cooling system, is worn out. It will cost $95,613 to replace. Minot Plumbing and Heating had the winning bid.

The board approved Pan-O-Gold as the bread supplier for the school lunch program for the 2013-2014 school year and Food Services of America as the main supplier of food for its lunch program.

The board also approved an athletic co-op with Des Lacs-Burlington in gymnastics for the coming school year. There are six Minot girls competing on the team and there is room to add the girl from Des Lacs-Burlington who wants to compete, said activities director Pat McNally.

The board also approved a change to the Title I program at Longfellow Elementary so that all students can receive Title I services. Formerly, Title I services were targeted towards select students.