EARLIER: School board approves 1.4 percent salary increase

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By Lisa King

At its last regular meeting last Thursday, the Shelby County School Board approved a pay increase of 1.4 percent but staff members won't necessarily see that money in their checks.

Superintendent James Neihof said that even with the increase, employees would see a slight income loss of about one day's pay because five days are being eliminated from next year's school calendar. This will save the district $700,000.

During the pubic input portion of the meeting, Neihof passed along a message he had gotten from Anna Simpson with the Shelby County Education Association thanking the board for the increase.

  Other 2009-10 budget allocations  

• $115,357 for nine schools for daily student attendance, which equals $20 per day per student.

• $3,000 for Infinite Campus Conversion. • $7,000 for Reading Recovery Program.

• $200,000 for roofing and sewer treatment plant replacement at Heritage Elementary.

  Non-financial approvals

The board also approved several grants, including grants for Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, 2009 Equipment Assistant and for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Other items the board approved: • Contract awarded to Laundered Mop and Rug Service.

• Application for reimbursement from EPA for emergency response hazardous substance release.

• Approved Shelby County High School roof project.

• Appointment of Kymberly Rice as Highly Skilled Educator.

• Appointment of Thom Coffee as Highly Skilled Educator.

• Appointment of Carol Franks for Elementary Writing Consultant.

• Approval for SCHS baseball teams to practice on Sundays for postseason tournaments set for May 17, 24, and 31 and June 7, if necessary.

• Approved intention to sell used buses. • Approved leaves of absence.   WOW Awards

Also at the meeting, the Shelby County School Board  presented WOW (What Outstanding Work) Awards to several teachers.

Karra Axline, Special Education Instructional Assistant at Painted Stone Elementary, was recognized for being a self-starter and for her ability to multitask while keeping a positive attitude. She wrote lesson plans for her reading group as well as gathered materials and created assignments, enabling her students to read and create books in specific content areas and share their writing with others.

Jayme Boswell, preschool teacher at Heritage Elementary, was awarded for meeting individual needs of students, challenging them each in their own areas of weakness.

Judy Eddy, preschool assistant at Heritage Elementary, was awarded for being a supportive role model for students, always greeting them with a smile and always trying to help each child reach his or her individual potential.

Melissa Watson, preschool assistant at Heritage Elementary, was recognized for encouraging students to accept responsibilities and to take them seriously. She even often stayed after school on her own time to do this.

Kim Hall, School Technology Coordinator for Shelby County High School, was awarded for helping teachers to convert their observation videos to DVD, and for helping sports teams prepare DVD videos for end-of-season banquets. She also managed the technology needs for 1,800 students and 100-plus faculty and staff.

Melissa O'Connell, eighth-grade math and algebra teacher at East Middle, was awarded for building student relationships by encouraging them to join Beta Club, volleyball teams and participate in classroom discussions.

Beth Newberry, Special Education teacher at Clear Creek Elementary, was recognized for exceptional efforts in planning, organizing and implementing successful strategies for students.

Sherry Curtsinger, Industrial Arts and Technology teacher at East Middle, was awarded for working efficiently to assist the school and staff in the area of technology.