SBCC approves $ 3,000 stipends for teachers and nurses

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The teachers and nurses at Crawfordsville Community School Corp. will receive a stipend of $ 3,000 for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our staff have been through a lot, and they’re going to continue to go through a lot next year,” Superintendent Dr. Scott Bowling told the school board, which approved the extra pay Thursday.

School districts across the region have provided one-time allowances to staff members this year in recognition of the additional demands caused by the pandemic.

Allowances will also be paid to retirees from last year, who were not included in the original proposal. And former staff members who worked the full year before leaving the district will receive half the amount, up from the $ 500 offered by Bowling.

“Because I’ve heard people say they shouldn’t have it because they left us to go somewhere else,” Bowling said, “and then I heard from all over the district that they should receive the full amount. “

There was a similar division within the board. Members Susan Albrecht and Ellen Ball asked whether the stipends were intended to thank staff for their extra efforts or to reward them for their loyalty as well.

“And if that’s what it is… we’ve got to be honest about it,” said Albrecht, who suggested paying the full amount or just a little less.

“I think if you’ve been through the whole year and given your all, I think it sounds a bit like a slap in the face to say you don’t deserve the same amount as someone who stayed”, a- she added. .

Board chairman Steve McLaughlin expressed concern that teachers who have moved to other districts could be paid double. Member Kathy Brown said she would be in favor of giving a little more money, but not the full amount.

The district is drawing from the rainy days fund of $ 1.4 million for allowances. The coronavirus relief money will replenish the fund over the next three to four years.

Indiana’s new budget increases funding for public schools by about 4.5% each over the next two years, and lawmakers want the increase to go with increasing teacher pay.

Bowling said the district can meet the state’s goal of increasing the minimum wage for teachers to $ 40,000 per year. The current level is $ 38,300.

But he said most schools will struggle to meet the goal of increasing the average salary to $ 60,000. And he said a goal of using 45% of tuition support dollars for salaries should include benefits, too.

District bus drivers will also make more money with the board approving a starting wage increase to $ 22.50 an hour. Hourly rates for drivers, bus supervisors and workers without a commercial driver’s license have also been increased.

Work is continuing on the school renovation project. During the week of July 19, crews plan to mill and pave the remaining portion of the parking lot, Deputy Superintendent Dr Rex Ryker said.

In terms of personnel, the board approved the hiring of Nathan Mason, advisor to Hoover; Celina Alexander, Nicholson Elementary third year teacher (covering maternity leave); Kaitlyn Ferguson, Hose Elementary Music; Brian May, high school social studies; Marlowe McVay, Nicholson third year; Patrick Myers, social sciences; and Kris Ervin, high school guidance secretary.

Ervin returns to the district after retiring as a high school teacher.

The board has accepted the resignations of Nicholson’s third-year teacher Taylor Myers and Hose special education teacher Jill Deel.



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