Worth County School Board members approved their participation in the Teacher Baseline Salary Grant program during their July meeting. The program will allow state funding to supplement the difference between the salary schedule of the school district and a $38,000 minimum salary for teachers.
Worth County received notice of an increase in their reserve balances. The district’s reserve balance is now at 60 percent and due to $340,000 in federal revenue received through ESSER III. The funding was used for teacher salaries and programs and curriculum focused on tutoring.
The district agreed to a partnership with Lion Electric and other school districts in applying for transportation through the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program.
Superintendent Chris Healy reported that summer campus projects are on schedule. Work is completed for the installation of the agriculture room windows and heating, the elementary room remodel, and painting. Concrete work has started for the softball field. Football field and track lights will be installed in early August. Asphalt work will begin later this month.
The district has hired one bus driver and is still looking for another route driver for the 2023-24 school year.
The Worth County FFA also plans to research the interest in beginning a trap shooting team.