Second board member won’t seek new term

FAIRMONT — Fairmont School Board member Del Ellis announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election this year.

“I’m honored to have served with this group but it’s not in my plans to continue with it,” he told the board. “I would strongly encourage anyone who’s thinking about it to do it. It’s a ton of work but it’s meaningful and it’s rewarding.”

Board member Danielle Schutz previously announced she too will not seek re-election.

Three board seats are up for election this fall. The third is held by Rufus Rodriguez, who has indicated he wants to continue serving.

The filing period for candidates interested in running is July 31 to Aug. 14.

Superintendent Joe Brown said a packet of information is available at the district office for perspective candidates, and that he or any school board member can answer questions regarding the position.

In other action Tuesday, the board approved the folowing employee contract settlements:

o Three-year contract for the superintendent with a 2.5 percent salary increase each year, increase 403b district contribution by $1,000 each year and continuation of district-paid life insurance until age 75.

o Two-year contract for business office personnel with a 50-cent per hour increase each year and a 20-cent per hour increase in health insurance contribution.

o Two-year contract for the CER director with a 50-cent per hour increase, per step, each year of the agreement.

o Two-year contract for CER secretary/facilities scheduler with a 66-cent per hour increase for 2018-2019 and a 50-cent per hour increase for 2019-20.

o Two-year contract for the director of building and grounds with a 50-cent per hour increase, plus steps, for each year; increase health and safety stipend by $1,500; district contribution for health insurance increased to $9,510 for the 18-19 school year and $10,250 for the 19-20 school year.

o Two-year contract for administrative support assistants with a 50-cent per hour increase, per step, each year; 20-cent per hour increase each year for district health insurance contribution; change career increment dollar amounts to reflect $500 after 10 years and an additional $500 for every five years thereafter.

In other business, the board approved the following hirings for 2018-2019: Gail Peterson as a custodian, Dan Shaikoski as a custodian, Kathie Card as a preschool teacher, Sandy Soelter as an early childhood parent educator, Jessica Martinez as a community outreach coordinator.

The board accepted the following donation: a $3,000 grant from Compeer Financial to purchase Labquest 2 interfaces to be used in the Agriculture Academy.