CLINTON — Clinton School District administrators and directors will collectively receive a total of $1.9 million in salary and benefits for the 2006-2007 school year. The package reflects a $73,152 increase over the previous year.

The Clinton School Board approved the salary and benefits package during the monthly meeting Monday.

School District Superintendent Randy Clegg will receive salary and benefits of $112,150 and an annuity of $11,215 for the contract year.

Board President Jim Tuisl told Clegg he did an excellent job this year and his work was appreciated.

“We know that sometime in the future we are going to have to pay a (new) superintendent more,” Tuisl said.

The board passed the resolution implementing the revised elementary and secondary boundaries beginning in the 2007-2008 school year.

But the new elementary busing boundaries will go into effect next fall. According to the new policy, only students who live two miles or more from their school will be bused, eliminating the previous 11/2-mile policy. The action was taken to help balance the district’s budget by saving $150,000.

Eric Gettes, a parent of three daughters who attend Clinton schools, voiced concerns regarding the busing boundaries for next year.

“Specifically before and after school care for children,” he explained. “…I found that the 21st Century Grant provides before school care for all children… unfortunately the after school program provided by 21st Century is limited to kids who qualify for some type of tutoring…” he continued.

“For those children who are in that boundary that are no longer able to take the bus home, as parents, we have to be there sooner than when we get off work to pick them up.”

Gettes asked the board for some options that might include before and after school care or the possibility of busing students to a licensed daycare provider with a fee to be paid for by the parents.

He also would like to see the bus pick-up and drop-off routes published a little earlier in the summer so parents can make plans accordingly.

Tuisl said Gettes had good ideas and the board would try and get some options ready for the July board meeting.

Due to an $18,000 to $20,000 increase in food prices and labor costs, parents will be paying an extra 5 cents for each school breakfast and lunch next year.

According to Food Service Director Jeff Weaver, the cash price for elementary lunches will be $1.80; middle school $1.85; and high school $1.95. Parents can save an extra 20 cents per meal by using the SNAP program. All school breakfast prices will be $1.

Kay Egbers, president of the district’s Education Foundation, announced three educational grants were awarded in the amount of $1,500 each. Recipients included:

n Barb Brondyke, Clinton High School health/wellness instructor, for individual heart monitors;

n Peggy Schwarz, Washington Middle School math teacher, for math manipulatives to supplement the Connected Math Program; and

n Jenni Wessels, WMS, for reading materials to assure students are reading at an appropriate level.

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