Delta/Greely School Board had a long list of action items on its agenda last week, but members didn’t expect to add a discussion about a superintendent search. Following an executive session to approve Superintendent Laural Jackson’s contract for the coming fiscal year, Board President Richard Mauer informed those present that the superintendent had announced her intent to retire in 2019.

I don’t have any definite plans, but I just know it’s time for a change here and time for a change for me,” Jackson. “I don’t see myself sitting at home in a rocking chair.”

“I want to thank the superintendent for the phenomenal job she’s done for this district,” Mauer said. Addressing the superintendent, he continued, “Thank you for notifying us well in advance to give us an opportunity to affect the appropriate planning we need to do as a board and as a district.”

The board plans to have its first discussion about a superintendent search at its next work session on August 2.

As the board moved into action items, Jackson outlined highlights of the negotiated agreements with both employee associations. Members of both Delta Greely Educational Support Professional Association and Delta Greely Education Association will receive a 2.75 percent pay increase in the next fiscal year.

A new item in the agreement with DGESPA allows the district to contract with an outside vendor for food service.

Because the district has had to support the food service program to the tune of just over $100,000 per year, past discussions have focused on how that program might become self-sufficient. Hiring outside contractors has been suggested numerous times, but until now, the negotiation agreement with DGESPA has prevented that option.

District Finance Officer Kim Johnson noted that the soonest the district could consider that option would be the 2019-20 school year.

The contract with DGEA includes a $500 bonus to be paid to staff who use less than five days of sick/personal leave in a year. 

“That would pay for itself in reduction of how much we pay substitutes,” said Jackson, noting the suggested came from the association, not the district.

The board approved the agreements with both employee associations.

The board also approved the following action items:

Approve Changes to Board Policies BP3310 (Business and Noninstructional Operations - Purchasing Procedures), BP3311 (Business and Noninstructional Operations - Bids), BP4112.4 (Personnel-Health Examinations), BP4118 (Certificated Personnel - Suspension/Disciplinary Action), BP4218 (Certificated Personnel - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action), and BP6179 (Child Care And Development Programs).

Approve 2019 Exempt Salary Schedule change for one year to implement an increase of 2.75 percent.

Approve 2019 Administrative Salary Schedule for one year to implement an increase of 2.75 percent.

Approve District Investment Recommendations, which are to change to Time Value Investments to increase rates of return on certificates of deposit higher than what is available locally. 

Approve Librarian and Counselor Evaluation Documents

Following an executive session, the board approved the superintendent’s contract for FY19. 

The school board does not meet in July. The next work session will be on August 2. Discussion items will include how to proceed with a superintendent search. There will be a business meeting on August 16.