Pierz superintendent’s contract ratified

After months of inactivity on November 22, the Pierz School Board renewed the superintendent’s contact for another two years retroactive to July 1, 2000 and ending June 30, 2002.

Board Chair Bridget Britz indicated the contract benefits and salary increase percentages are similar to other professional staff. For the 2000 school year, Superintendent James Hahn is being paid $84,500; for the 2001 school year it increases to $88,000. Daily rate of pay is based on 228 duty days. There are 25 working days of annual paid vacation.

Additional benefits include health insurance coverage under the school district’s group plan of $3,500 per year (or other options), a $50,000 group term life insurance plan, long-term disability insurance, liability insurance and eligibility to participate in a tax sheltered annuity plan. Sick, emergency, disability and medical leave benefits apply also.

The superintendent is compensated for use of a private vehicle of school business the same as other district employees. As permitted by the board, fees and expenses for attendance at professional conferences and meetings is reimbursed.

Upon retirement, the superintendent is paid an amount equal to 10 days of each year of service to the Pierz School District, up to a maximum of $25,000, made in three installments. According to the contract, health insurance contributions continue to age 65.

In other agenda items November 22, the board:

• Retained services of Kern, DeWenter, Viere, Ltd. of St. Cloud to conduct the district audit for the current school year at a fee of $5,875 and an additional fee of $550 to do the student activity account;

• Authorized submitting a grant application in the amount of $4,000 to the Initiative Foundation in support of the elementary basketball program, which is currently all volunteer;

• Approved use of the high school gym on January 20 for the AWA All-Star Wrestling show as a fund-raiser for the boys’ basketball program and students going to Washington, D.C.;

• Commended the sixth-grade classes at Pioneer Elementary for producing a quality school newspaper called Pioneer Press as part of their classroom work. It reflects positively what students can do and what’s happening at school, officials noted;

• Reminds district residents that the next regularly scheduled meeting is set for Wednesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. in the high school media center. The board is expected to consider a resolution concerning scheduling of 1) another excess levy, 2) a bond referendum to include athletic facility/parking lot upgrades at the high school and four additional elementary classrooms, and 3) a new gymnasium; and,

• Noted that the December 13 meeting will recess at 8 p.m. for the state mandated Truth In Taxation public hearing. The final levy is scheduled for adoption at a short morning meeting December 20 at 8 a.m. at the high school.

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