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The Mount Ayr Community School Board of Education received numerous updates at their monthly meeting Monday.
The regular meeting of the board began after a closed session for evaluation of superintendent Joe Drake.
Of particular note was the district’s plan for making up seven (64 hours) of snow days this winter. Students (excluding seniors) are required to attend 1,080 of instruction during the school year. The district will make up the hours by extending the school year for students to May 31. The original school calendar had school ending May 23 for students and May 24 for teachers. Teachers, who are paid on a 190-day contract instead of hours, will need to work until June 5 in order to be paid for the full contract. Bus drivers, cooks and associates will need to work until June 4.
Superintendant Drake updated the board on the upcoming public hearing for the 2019-2020 school budget. The public hearing will be held on Monday, April 8 at 5 p.m. The proposed budget will be published later this month in the Record News. Once the budget is published and public comment is taken, the board can approve it or lower it, but can not raise it. Included in the budget was a 3.28 percent pay increase for the teaching staff. Increases for other staff will be addressed next month.
The board approved several bids for school improvements. The district will spend $13,742 over the next three years to replace carpet in elementary classrooms, $15,500 to refurbish floors in the high school, $9,713 for elementary lockers and $7,149.50 for elementary furniture.
A request for use of the high school gym,middle school gym and commons area by junior class parents for prom was approved as were several fund raising requests by the golf program, for the book fair and baseball and softball teams.
Approval of several policy updates and approval of an 28E agreement with Southwestern Com