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R-A Holds Public Hearings

June 13, 2013
by Kelsey Buck , Emmetsburg News

The Ruthven-Ayrshire school board held three public hearings during their regular monthly meeting on Monday.

Hearings for the Shared Superintendent 28E Agreement, Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan and the Instructional Support Levy allowed members of the board and public to ask any questions they may have.

Superintendent, Andrew Woiwood began by reviewing the Shared Superintendent 28E Agreement. "It was suggested to make full disclosure on the salary involved," said Woiwood. "We are looking at a salary of $100,000, Medicare benefit of $1,450, social security of $6,200, IPERS of $8,930 and the full family health benefit of $20,681.76 making a total package of $137,261.76 to be the shared superintendent of which R-A would be responsible for 60% and Graettinger-Terril would be responsible for 40%. We would also receive the sharing incentive of 2% times the enrollment for this position, which is approximately $29,000."

"I feel like we haven't had an official superintendent evaluation," said board member Ray Grandstaff. Grandstaff moved to table the agreement until a superintendent evaluation could be administered before giving a pay raise but the motion died due to lack of second.

The agreement would need to be in place by July 1.

The board approved the 28E Agreement of the Shared Superintendent with full disclosure of salary and total benefits package of $137,261.76.

Guest, Mark Hunefeld, explained the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. "The hazard plan is a multi-jurisdictional plan that incorporates all the cities and county at once to include the school districts," said Hunefeld. "The plan was put in place to mitigate natural disasters that may occur like tornadoes and winter storms. The idea is to make the schools and community safer."

If applications are approved, mitigation money is made available to the school affected by a disaster. "Sometimes there is cost associated with it," explained Hunefeld. "For instance, if there is a federal declaration and you apply for mitigation, government could pay as much as 75%, 10% by the state and the school would be responsible for the remaining 15%. It does not cost the school anything unless they decide to purchase something."

The board approved the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Woiwood led the hearing for the Instructional Support Levy. "What we're looking at is redoing the instructional support levy," said Woiwood. "It's for ten years. It is the only way to increase your general fund. You get 10% or about $600 per student. This is not a new tax. This is something that we're already paying and a great benefit to the district."

"I am recommending that the board put it on the ballot for the voters to get it approved for another ten years," said Woiwood.

The motion to accept the resolution of intent passed.



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