Carey board OKs teachers contract

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER
CAREY — The Carey school board on Monday approved a three-year contract with the Carey Education Association, representing district teachers, at the end of a more than 3½-hour meeting.
Teachers will receive a pay increase of 2 percent in 2014-15 and 3 percent in 2015-16 and 3 percent in 2016-17, Superintendent Mike Wank said after the meeting.
The pay increase will be extended to those on the non-teaching salary schedule, too, which includes such positions as secretaries, custodians, cafeteria workers and bus drivers.
Wank said the percentage increases were possible in part because the teachers agreed to make some concessions with the health insurance plan.
Separately, Nick Rider, technology supervisor for the district, made a presentation Monday on the administration’s plan to upgrade the district’s technology with Chromebook computers for staff and some students.
The idea is for students to become more familiar with the devices because state-required tests will be done online this year.
The district will spend about $150,000 over the next three years from the permanent improvement fund for a server, Wi-Fi access, battery backups, 50 teacher laptop replacements, 10 charging carts and 300 Google Chromebooks for students. Besides the hardware, subscriptions for software, Internet access and professional development for staff is included in the cost.
Separately, Brian Hoepf, owner of One Sports Consulting, who works with businesses, schools and community groups on marketing and branding, urged the board to consider a marketing program for the Carey district, including an update of signs at the village’s entrances.
With a new school under construction and the school joining a new athletic league, now would be a good time for a marketing plan, he said.
The board also approved a one-year contract with McGowan Governmental Underwriters for insurance coverage including educational liability and buildings, grounds and transportation.
The contract with the Fairview Park-based company is for $20,614.
Also, the board rehired Kent Asher as athletic director, effective Aug. 1.
He was given a three-year contract through July 31, 2017 at a salary of $18,600 annually for about 20 hours weekly.
In May, the board accepted his resignation, due to retirement, effective June 1.
State retirement system requires Asher to wait 60 days before being re-employed in a school district.
He retired with 27 years in the district. He previously was in the Jackson Center School District for eight years.
The board also approved numerous annual supplemental contracts, including athletic, club advisors, musical, band and class advisors.
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