No bonuses: BV board votes to use money for building project

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

There will be no Christmas bonus for Berryville School District staff this year.

The Berryville School Board voted Monday to forego staff bonuses or raises this year so that the funding could be used for the district’s building project, which is currently a little more than $1 million over budget.

Board members Travis Gregory and Tyler Ashworth voted against the motion.

“I know the last several years we’ve given a bonus,” said Superintendent Owen Powell, “and in the situation we’re in with the building project I don’t believe it’s in the best interest of the district to give a bonus at this time.”

He continued, “I believe any excess money we have needs to go into the building fund for our building project.”

The board was presented with a program budget summary by Nabholz Construction, the construction manager, at its special meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 3. According to the document, the total cost of the project, which includes the construction of a new high school and a new middle school cafeteria, will cost about $28,508,873, exceeding the district’s $27,350,000 budget by $1,158,873.

At the Oct. 3 meeting, Powell mentioned that the district had $335,000 budgeted for teacher raises or bonuses and $100,000 budgeted for the purchase of a new bus.

“If we start looking at the bus and teacher bonuses or pay raises, that’s almost half a million,” he said then.

At Monday’s meeting, the board also voted to approve the minority teacher recruitment plan, the ACSIP Statement of Assurance for Programs and the Act 1120 Five Percent Increase Resolution, which discloses a list of all employees who have received at least a 5 percent increase in salary from one school year to the next.

The board voted to hire Peyton Orella to replace Jannea Chaney as special education paraprofessional at the elementary school, to hire Tracy Holle to replace Linda Van Vlymen in the CBI classroom at the intermediate school and to add the following to the substitute cafeteria and custodial worker list: April Snow, Kimberly Burnes, Ruth Hill and Joanna McWilliam.

The board also voted to accept the resignations of high school agriculture teacher Tad Huff and high school and middle school band director Bradley Nelsen.

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