KINGDOM CITY — The North Callaway R-1 School District Board of Education listened to a presentation and received proposals from the district's salary committee during the board's May meeting Thursday night in the high school media center.
Middle school counselor Mady Horn and high school business teacher Amy Craghead presented on behalf of the committee.
Horn shared anonymous comments from a salary survey with board members. She noted while many of the teachers enjoyed working at North Callaway, some had to work side jobs to make ends meet due to low pay, and most were concerned with the lack of competitive salaries with other school districts in the area.
"If people are looking at leaving, they're looking at leaving because of salary," Horn said. "A lot of these comments do seem negative, but these people like teaching here and it's where they want to be."
Horn and Craghead explained the committee's recommendations to the board include extending the steps on the salary schedule to 33 years, increase base pay by $1,500 and also increase the step increments to $500 a year and $1,000 a year for teachers entering their 10th, 20th and 30th years with the district.
"The reality is, the proposals we are making are not going to impact things immediately," Horn said. "We want to give (teachers) something to look forward to."
In other new business Thursday night, board members unanimously voted to accept three bids for a project and two services. The first was a bid of $329,250 from Missouri Builders for the high school roof.
The board also approved a bid for trash pickup from Republic Services for $620 a month, starting July 1. Board members then gave their OK to a bid from Atkins — the district's current vendor — for $471 a month for pest control.
The board unanimously approved two resolutions on L.J. Hart and Co. prepayment options. The first authorized the redemption of $200,000 principal amount of general obligation funds, Series 2015, and authorizing the publication of notice of redemption.
The second resolution authorized the redemption of $540,000 principal amount of general obligation refunding bonds, Series 2017, and authorizing the publication of notice of redemption.
The board on Thursday night honored high school physical education teacher and head football coach Don Boulware, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Boulware — a 1973 North Callaway graduate — spent 27 years in education.
"I haven't met a guy who has a better heart than Don Boulware — he cares about kids," High School Principal Brian Jobe said. "I would challenge anyone to say otherwise."
The board also recognized the following district employees for their years of service:
Erikka Brown, middle school assistant principal; Jessica Corter, Williamsburg kindergarten teacher; Rosemary Fulk, high school paraprofessional; Allie Galvin, Williamsburg second grade teacher; Jennifer Harris, middle school paraprofessional; Melaney Higgins, Hatton-McCredie secretary; Melba Lackey, seventh grade math teacher; Amanda Moore, Hatton-McCredie library aide; Sarah Morrison, Hatton- McCredie first grade teacher; Christina Nichols, Hatton- McCredie paraprofessional; Shilo O'Neal, middle school paraprofessional; Caleb Olson, high school social studies teacher; Rebecca Pekkarinen, Williamsburg second grade teacher; Heather Ritchey, Hatton-McCredie fifth grade teacher; Hannah Rodgers, Hatton- McCredie first grade teacher; Kelli Swearingen, middle school physical education teacher.
Sarah Baumgartner, district director of special services; Cheryl Henley, high school health aide; Doug Kee, district transportation director; John Rau, middle school paraprofessional; Gayle Timm, district data coordinator; Margie Waterman, bus driver.
Justin Hamm, district librarian; Angela Wimmer, Williamsburg principal.
Linda Cassidy, Hatton-McCredie special education teacher; Roy Zumbehl, bus driver.
Jennifer Allen, sixth grade science teacher.