Stanberry School Board members agreed to a raise in the base bay for certified school district employees during a meeting held on Monday night. The board received two options for salary increases and voted to raise the base salary for teachers by $700. That move creates a base salary of $33,000. There will also be steps given to returning staff. The new base salary will also be applied to the Extra-Duty Pay Schedule. The raises will translate to a 3.5 percent for all returning certified and non-certified staff members. Administrators will also receive a 3.5 percent pay raise for the upcoming year.
Superintendent Bob Heddinger presented the board with a preliminary budget for the 2021-22 school year. In its current form, the budget has revenues at $4.977 million and expenditures at $5.03 million. At this point, the figure represents a slight deficit. A final budget will be presented in August. Stanberry plans to close this fiscal year with a positive balance of $184,560.
Lunch prices, ball game admission, and substitute teacher pay will remain the same for the upcoming school year. Stanberry’s school district will be applying for the SSO Food Reimbursement Program for the 2021-22 school year. That program would allow all students to eat free for the entire year. The program is run through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Last year, Stanberry participated in a similar program that was run through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Stanberry’s board approved their Alternative Methods of Instruction, or AMI, Plan for the upcoming year. Stanberry’s AMI Plan will allow the district to miss up to 36 hours due to weather related matters and still count them as hours of attendance if students complete assignments through distance learning.
Superintendent Heddinger also gave Stanberry’s board an update on the district’s preparation for their August ballot measure. Stanberry’s district patrons will receive an informational handout on the measure after July 4th. There will also be a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions that will be posted on the school’s website in the coming weeks.