GOOSE LAKE — The Northeast Community School Board has accepted a contract with teachers for a 3.8 percent package increase in 2009-2010.

When negotiations began in March, the teachers’ bargaining unit, Northeast Community Education Association, asked for a 5 percent increase and the district offered a 3.4 percent salary/benefits package.

A breakdown of the package accepted by both sides shows the base salary for the 55.5 full-time equivalent teachers next year will be $26,355.58, a 0.74 percent increase. Steps on the salary schedule will bring a 0.76 percent increase. For coaching and other extra-curricular duties the total cost will increase 2.17 percent.

The cost of health insurance, which the district pays, has gone up $47,032, a 9.5 percent increase. The cost of the district’s share of IPERS contributions for the teachers will increase 7.28 percent and FICA will go up 2.44 percent. Thus, the teachers will receive a 7.58 percent increase in benefits.

The school board members then voted to extend the 3.8 percent package to all other employees. That will bring the administrators’ salaries to:

• Superintendent James Cox, $109,134. (15 years service)

• High/Middle School Principal Joe Jarvis, $88,030. (38 years)

• Elementary Principal Diane Schumacher, $83,080. (11 years) She also has served as curriculum director for six years, for which she will be paid $12,886 next year.

Others will be:

• Business Manager Cindy McAleer, $49,331.

• Transportation director Kenny Mohr, $43,922.

• Juvenile Court/At-Risk Coordinator Beth Dickherber (.75 time), $26,118

Stipends for teachers who take on special duties will be:

• Alternative High School Principal Bryce Bielenberg, $8,516.

• Assistant Activities Director Teri Howe, $2,992.

• Activities Director Gregg Mohl, $14,192.



Clausen retires

The board accepted, with appreciation, the resignation of Mary Clausen, an elementary teacher in the district for 40 years.

Also accepted was the superintendent’s recommendation to terminate Jessica Scovil, a kindergarten and third-grade teacher, because of declining enrollment. This had been her first year at Northeast.

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