In a brief work session Monday, the Webster County School Board met to review a variety of issues they will vote on at the regular meeting Oct. 25.
A revised salary schedule will be presented for approval, as personnel shortages have forced schools to rearrange teachers’ schedules.
According to Superintendent Rhonda Calloway, substitute teachers have been difficult to find in the post-Covid job market. As a result, full-time faculty have been pushed into extra duty to cover classes during their normal planning periods. This has required teachers to perform their planning after school hours, Calloway said.
The compensation for the extra time will come from existing ESS funds, she added.
The new salary schedule will also include funding for a Crisis Prevention and Intervention instructor, who will train teams at each school. The school system recently sent an employee to the Kentucky Department of Education-mandated training. The new instructor will replace the district’s former CPI head, who left to work in another district.
The board also heard from Greg Bowles, district Assistant Superintendent/Director of Pupil Personnel on a modification to the memorandum of agreement that funds the system’s three family resource centers around the county.
The grant is renewed every two years, but the modification will be an increase of just over $1,300 for the 2021-22 school year to accommodate an increase in students eligible for free and reduced lunch.
The annual allowance from the grant is just under $224,000.
At least half of the students at each school in the district qualify for free and reduced lunch. The range is from 50% at Dixon Elementary to 75% at Providence Elementary. The county has 62% of its students in the program.
Also on the Oct. 24 agenda for approval will be a $1 per hour raise for the district’s school resource officer. The current SRO has worked for the school system for the duration of the contract with the Webster County Sheriff’s Office. The officer is paid by the SO, and the school board reimburses the Sheriff for the salary.
Calloway informed the board students will participate in Safe Schools Week Oct. 17-23.