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Newtown Harris School Board Approves Salary Increases for Substitute Teachers, Transit Drivers Approve

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The Newtown-Harris R-3 School Board approved an increase in substitute teacher salaries and a tax rate on August

Substitute teachers are paid $85 per day. Previously he was $75 per day. A substitute teacher list has been approved that includes Cindy Hartman.

Superintendent Matt Copeland, M.D., reported that substitute teacher certification rules have been relaxed so candidates can earn 36 hours of college credit or a high school diploma and complete 20 hours of online courses. The district will pay for the course.

Newtown-Harris plans to add three more alternates by the end of the semester.

The tax rate was set at $6.581 per $100 of assessed value. This is 5.21 cents lower than the previous tax rate.

Copeland reported that the school district’s valuation decreased by $179,281 to $11,270,830. The district lost her $236,535 in existing property, even though she earned $57,256 in new construction.

Newtown-Harris expects to receive $741,733 in fiscal 2023. That amount is down $17,764 from fiscal 2022.

The board approved special allowances for coaching and activities. It remains the same as in previous years. Copeland said a more detailed evaluation of extracurricular allowances will be considered in the next school year.

The Board includes Speech-Language Pathologist Dennis Ewing and Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant Julie Tucker, Occupational Therapist Christine Thomas, Physical Therapists Kelly Sadler and Shelley Gray, and Second Language Coordinator. Physician Matt Copeland as Approved Transfers and English.

Transport driver approved. They are Mike Hafaty, Dave Hartman, David Brown, Sandy Busic, Katie Ireland, Ron Hall, Sally Schroeder, Molly Norman, Ty Stilwell, Caleb Fairley, Sam Miller, Stephanie It was Oakes, Matt Copeland. Transport routes were also approved.

The Board approved the Student and Teacher Handbook, the district’s drug testing policy, and the Computer Use Agreement.

The purchase of the Power Home School/Acellus learning platform has been approved as an additional curriculum option for classrooms. Copeland said the platform costs $25 per month per student and allows up to seven classes or subjects for a single fee or usage. He said it would only be used on a limited or complementary basis, so there would be no fixed costs.

Other items approved were the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points and the Board’s Annual Secretary.

The Board reviewed Newtown-Harris’ return to safe in-person instruction and service continuity plans. The school district believes that schools are the best places for students to learn. The board wants to maintain a safe learning environment.

The plan is discussed with the community and staff before school begins. District plans are expected to be approved at the September board meeting.

The Board has considered adding Cross Country for the 2023-2024 academic year. We will discuss steps, costs and options for action in preparation for a decision in early spring.

Copeland announced that teachers will report on August 17th for three days of professional development and

Newtown-Harris will host an open house on August 18thth From 5:00 to 7:00 in the evening, students have the opportunity to meet their teachers. A Title 1 meeting will be held during the open house.

Students start school on August 23rd.rd.

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