Green Forest School District employees to get raise

Friday, April 26, 2013

GREEN FOREST -- School Board members voted on April 15 to give a $750 raise to district employees next school year and to change the salary and eligibility requirements for a high-level district position.

Green Forest Superintendent Matt Summers said the board had approved small raises for the past several years. Board members had been scheduled to vote on this year's raise last month, he said, but the vote was delayed because of concerns over the effects of pending sequestration on the district's budget.

By this month's meeting, Summers said, administrators were confident the district could afford the raise.

"We want to make sure we are competitive with other districts," the superintendent said, "and that we are able to attract the best young teachers to better serve our students' needs."

Board members also formally accepted the resignation of Andrea Martin, federal coordinator and director of instruction for the district.

Martin, who served as interim superintendent of the Green Forest School District from November 2011 to April 2012, is leaving at the end of this school year to become the new superintendent of the Alpena School District, after current superintendent James Trammel retires. She will be the first woman to hold the position.

The district has begun advertising to find a replacement for Martin, and, on Monday, they voted to change eligibility requirements for the position.

Whereas prospective hires were previously required to have the same credentials as a superintendent, they will now have only to hold a masters degree, or experience at the building level.

Board members also voted to reduce the salary for the position by $5,000, and to reduce the salary multiplier to the same as that of a principal.

In other business, board members:

* Heard a construction update from Summers. The superintendent told board members that the new bleachers for the Tiger Stadium had been installed, and that the construction of new sidewalks, drainage, and fencing at the stadium was complete and ahead of schedule.

* Accepted the retirement of Janell Fancher, special education paraprofessional. Fancher will leave the district at the end of the school year.

* Accepted the resignation of Donna Hobbs, occupational therapist, effective at the end of this school year.

* Hired Kenny Bonham as a substitute bus driver.

* Voted to renew contracts with migrant staff members Nancy Thompson, Sylvia Romo, Rebecca Iveson, and Sandra Redus for the coming school year -- dependent on federal funding becoming available.

Board members will meet again at 5 p.m. on May 20, in the Alumni Building on the Green Forest School campus. For more information, call 870-438-5201.

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