This past week, the Estherville Lincoln Central School District and the ELC Education Association reached a contract agreement for the 2012-13 school year.
The ELC School Board approved the agreement at its regular meeting Monday.
The two groups settled for a 3.8 percent package, which will cost the district just over $220,000.
ELC superintendent Tara Paul told the school board the state average this year is just over 3.7 percent.
"Negotiations drug out over a long time, but they were not really contentious," she said.
Concerning the master contract with the teachers, the salary scheduled base will remain unchanged.
School less than a month away
Classes at Estherville Lincoln Central will begin Monday, Aug. 20 for grades 9-12. For grades prekindergarten through eighth grade, school will start on Tuesday, Aug. 21 with intake conferences on Aug. 20.
All employees will be given their step or career increment of $1,155. However, payment of that step or career increment will be delayed for three months, effectively reducing the raise for employees to $866. The salary schedule shall reflect the reduction of $289 per step and shall apply only for the 2012-13 school year.
In 2013-14, the salary schedule steps will be restored to the 4.02 percent level.
The school district also settled agreement with other employees.
The custodial settlement includes a 20-cent per hour increase and represents a 2.87 percent package.
Administration, building secretaries and aids received a 2.66 percent increase. Secretaries and aides also received a 20-cent per hour increase. Also receiving the 20-cent per hour increase were support staff and special education and nutrition aides.
In other business, the school board improved the consent agenda, which includes hires, transfers and resignations.
Hires include Connie Humble as assistant cross country and middle school track coach; Jesse Sheppard, summer technology help; Kelly Thelen, first grade teacher; Alicia Hack, ELL teacher and Jenica Ahrens, grades 3-8 technology instructor.
Transfers include Nancy Johnson to seventh grade math and Josh Schaben to sixth grade classroom teacher.
Resignations include Jeremy Ziegler, first grade teacher, middle school wrestling and junior varsity football; Staci Schmaus, food service aide; Lee Ann Mallari, special education associate and Rachel Berkland, grades 5-8 guidance counselor.
The board took other action concerning preparation for the new school year.
The board approved the student fees. Administrators recommended dropping towel fees and protective equipment fees for grades 5-12.
Also approved was an increase in the student athletic ticket from $25 to $35.
Paul said no one remembered the last time the fee was changed. She said there will be a promotion for those who want to purchase a student athletic ticket for those who can't afford one.
Also there will be a $6 planner fee for students in grades 4-12.
The board accepted the milk bid from Anderson Erickson and the bread bid from IBC Sales Corporation.
The board approved a bid from Thomas Bus Sales of $78,842 to purchase a 2013 71-passenger bus. The school had budgeted $85,000 for a bus.
The board approved an annual agreement with the City of Estherville for mutual use of athletic facilities
The board also renewed a lease with A Child's World Daycare Center for the McKinley building. However, Paul said discussions will continue over the next year to determine if the building can be sold to the daycare or another entity.