Board, union agree on contract

CAREY – The Carey Exempted Village Board of Education approved a three-year contract with the Carey Education Association, the district teachers’ union, Monday night to replace the contract that expired June 1.

Carey teachers will receive a 2-percent increase for the 2014-15 school year, 3 percent the following year and another 3 percent in 2016-17. Non-teaching staff received the same salary schedule.

A group of CEA members attended the meeting and representatives participated in an executive session with the board. Superintendent Michael Wank said the agreement was due in part to the CEA’s acceptance of changes to the health insurance plan.

The board also approved a technology plan at the cost of $150,000 over the next three years. Nick Rider, the district’s technology coordinator, presented the tech plan, which includes the purchase of a new server, 15 wireless access points, backup batteries, 50 replacement laptops for teachers, 10 Chromebook charging carts and 300 Chromebooks.

Rider also outlined a plan to redesign the district’s website to make it more user-friendly and serve as an informational hub for all district stakeholders. He said he wants the website to be “where people go when they need answers, and the answers will be there.”

Resolutions also were passed to approve student fees and lunch prices, as well as support groups for the 2014-15 school year. The board also approved a one-year, $20,614 agreement with McGowan Governmental Underwriters to provide insurance, including educational liability, building, grounds and transportation coverage.

Several resolutions were passed regarding personnel. Substitute teachers, teacher’s aides, cooks, bus drivers, custodians and secretaries were approved for the 2014-15 school year. The board accepted the resignations of Roger Bayes, school bus driver, and Shea Etzinger as basketball and cheerleading adviser. Also, the rehire of Kent Asher as athletic director at a rate of $18,600 for about 20 hours per week was approved.

For the new school building, a resolution was added to approve paying Columbia Gas $104,000 to run a pipeline to the site of the new school.

The board also heard a presentation by Brian Hoepf of One Sports Consulting about a marketing plan for the school’s logo and colors. Hoepf said now would be the perfect time to rebrand, as the district is moving to a new school.