Little Falls approves the 2011-14 principal’s contracts

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer

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The Little Falls School Board voted to approve the contract with the district’s four principals.

“A three-year contract was negotiated,” said Council Member Bob Stoltman in a summary of the negotiations. “Clarification was given on the sick leave balances that remained for employees following the last contract negotiations. There was language which never made it into the contract for 2010-11.

“New severance language for employees hired after July 1, 2004, now have permanent funding to a Health Reimbursement Account plan to replace the retiree health insurance benefits. Employees hired prior to June 30, 2004, were allowed to keep their old benefit by adding a grandfather clause and they have permanent funding to an HRA,” he wrote.

Stoltman, the lead negotiator for the district, also said contract stipulates the principals and assistant principals will receive no increases in their 2011-12 salaries except for their step increase. The 2012-13 salaries will increase $500 annually plus 2 percent and the 2013-14 salaries will increase by $2,500.

“Normal steps will be given to those members who are eligible,” he said.

For the 2012-13 school year, the salaries for six principals and assistant principals range from $92,718 – $117,194. Those six salaries will increase to a range of $96,963 – $119,694 for the 2013-14 school year.

Little Falls School Board briefs

Other business conducted by the Little Falls School Board Monday night included:

• Voting to accept the first draft of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school calendars. Changes for 2012-13 include reducing teacher in-service in August from four to three days; reducing early release days from nine during the school year to six, but releasing the students three hours early instead of two hours; scheduling all conferences on the same evenings instead of two different evenings; and scheduling snow make-up days for June 3, 4 and 5, in case they are needed.

There are 172 student days and 182 teacher days scheduled;

• Hearing a presentation on Upward Bound, a collaboration between Central Lakes College and the U.S. Department of Education. The program and subsequent grants assist low-income and at risk students prepare for college. It offers students academic advising, personalized tutoring, monthly activities and field trips; and

•  Listening to a presentation on how the iPads are being used in the physical education department.

The next School Board meeting will be held at the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls Monday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m.