7/20/2017 4:00:00 PM NB settles teacher contracts; open house dates announced
The two year contract with the North Branch Education Association was approved by union members in voting that took place July 12, and the following day North Branch School Board ratified the agreement 5-0 (Cathie Pascavage absent).
The contract applies to this half of 2017 to June 30, 2019. Minnesota schools operate on the state fiscal year which is July 1 to June 30.
According to North Branch District’s Director of Finance and Human Resources Randi Johnson there are few contract changes.
The kids are still attending school 172 days.
The first year of the contract includes a package increase of about 3.7 percent and the second year an estimated 5.4 percent hike.
Chair of the School Board Kirby Ekstrom commented that the process of coming to an agreement involved “productive, positive bargaining” and he said everyone involved should be commended.
The board also heard there are emergency repairs getting underway quickly, to the hot water system of at least one school site. The work must be complete before fall. The Board adopted a reimbursement resolution so that the district can submit this repair bill for the use of referendum bond sale proceeds (a portion of bonding is expected to be sold soon) The district is now eligible to pay itself for these costs.
In other business the board approved staying with the Resource Training & Solutions cooperative for health insurance. The quote is unchanged from last year’s cost. Johnson said the district got three insurance bids in total.
Garbage hauling stays with Terry’s Disposal at $2,458 monthly.
Petroleum Traders Corp got the fuel bid at a quoted cost per gallon surcharge over (or under base price in this case) whatever the main terminal price is per gallon.
The 2017-2018 student-parent handbook was adopted and includes alot of valuable information on expected school and transportation behavior and attendance, discipline, policies, etc. Parents are encouraged to give it a read. There are contact numbers and e mail listed for just about every question or situation.
North Branch starts school September 5 and the last day in 2018 for students is June 8, with commencement scheduled for June 7 2018.
Upcoming Open Houses are: ~ Sunrise River Elementary August 30 for kindergarten from 5 to 7 p.m. Open House for Grades other than kindergarten August 31, also 5 to 7 p.m. ~ Middle School Open House August 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. ~ High School Open House and new student orientation, August 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. ~ Life Work Center students attend Open House August 31 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.