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Personnel decisions topped the agenda at Monday’s meeting of the board of directors for the Mount Ayr Community Schools.
The board accepted resignations from three staff members.
Bill Huntington resigned his position as 7-12 principal effective at the conclusion of the current school year. He will become the elementary principal in the Lenox district next year. Lenox is Huntington’s hometown.
Huntington has served as Mount Ayr principal since the 2017-2018 school year.
Kelly Richards resigned as district food director.
The board also approved a request from Cole Corson to rescind his contract as an elementary teacher and coach for next school year. At their March meeting the board had approved a contract with Corson as elementary teacher, assistant football and co-head baseball coach. Due to personal circumstances, Corson asked to be released from that contract.
At Monday’s meeting the board also approved four new hires:
• Shannon Hagerman will serve as 7-12 art instructor. She will replace current art teacher Heidi Kistler, who will move to the elementary building.
• Chelsey Daily was hired as middle school softball coach.
• Long-time volunteer assistant Kevin Trullinger was hired as head varsity wrestling coach.
• Ashton Trullinger will serve as wrestling cheer coach.
In other decisions related to personnel, the board approved a new hourly wage base for non-certified staff:
• paras $14.41
• custodians $15.52
• bus drivers $20.44
• activity drivers
• cooks $15.41
• administrative secretaries $15.96
The board also approved $2,500 raises for the positions of transportation director and technology director.
The buildings and grounds director position received a $5,000 increase.
The board approved the creation of a full-time position as assistant mechanic/bus driver. The position carries a wage of $17.72 plus single insurance coverage.
The board also approved the creation of the position of Dean of Students that will provide administrative support at both the elementary and secondary buildings. The position requires administrative certification, but further details will be decided following the hiring of the new 7-12 principal.
In other business the board:
• approved publication of the 2022-2021 district budget. The public hearing on the budget was set for 4 p.m. on Monday, April 27. A copy of the budget appears on page 15 of today’s Record-News.
• approved a plan to enhance the entrance to the elementary building. Podium Ink will produce a wrap for the entrance at a cost of $1,450, which will be paid for with grant money.
• approved the purchase of a new lunch van and Suburban from Glendenning Motors in Mount Ayr. Via special fleet pricing, the van will cost $32,736 while the Suburban costs $52,147. Both will be paid for with federal ESSER funds.
• approved the disposal of obsolete equipment via the online PurpleWave auction site. Equipment includes a bus, lunchroom equipment, a football tackling dummy and other items.