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Minimum wage up for vote at FPS meeting

Minimum wage up for vote at FPS meeting

March 13th, 2019 by Helen Wilbers in News

FILE — Fulton High School.

Photo by Ryan Boland /Fulton Sun.

Members of the Fulton Public Schools Board of Education will vote on the district's wage schedule at tonight's meeting.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Fulton High School library.

During recent meetings, including a special session Feb. 27, members have been discussing how to implement a minimum wage increase required after the passage of Proposition B. District administration recommend the board adopt a $200 base salary increase and full implementation of Proposition B for classified staff.

The meeting's agenda does not make it clear whether staff members who currently make more than minimum wage will also see a wage increase.

Proposition B passed in Missouri last year. The measure increases Missouri's minimum wage by 85 cents per hour per year until 2023, when the state minimum wage will be fixed at $12. In 2020, Missouri's minimum wage will be defined at $9.45 per hour.

Board of education members are reviewing some tweaks related to the way Missouri schools calculate the school year. The year is now calculated by the number of hours students are in class, not days. Updates are needed to the school calendar — related to the number of scheduled-in weather makeup days — and teacher contracts.

The board will also look at updates to each school's student handbook. Redlined copies of the handbooks are available in the full meeting agenda (bit.ly/FPSBOEagendas). Among many small alterations, changes include:

Making middle school intramural sports contingent on the amount of interest and coach availability

Allowing some types of headwear at the middle school as long as the students' face and ears are visible (previously, all forms of headwear were banned)

Removing language in the middle school handbook specifying skirts and shorts much reach fingertips — though they are still required to be an "appropriate length"

Adding language specifying the requirements for participation in Academic Week in high school

Also up for discussion: changes at Options Daycare, which serves the children of teen parents and faculty members. Currently, Options serves seven infants/toddlers, six 2-year-olds and 13 3- to 4-year-olds.

"Options Daycare has been a challenge for the past eighteen months," Superintendent Jacque Cowherd states in the meeting materials, referencing "recent financial and personnel challenges."

A supervisor role will be added to monitor the day care's activities, and board members are being asked to evaluate the program's long-term viability.

For the full agenda and other materials, see bit.ly/FPSBOEagenda.