Braham board approves superintendent’s contract

By Elizabeth Sias

As recommended by the school board superintendent’s negotiation committee, Braham School Board members voted to revise the 2011-2012 superintendent’s contract and ratify the 2012-2015 superintendent’s contract.

Braham’s 2012 Board of Education. Front row, from left: Angie Flowers, Chairperson Steven Eklund, Superintendent Gregory Winter and Board Clerk Tammy Ceaglske. Back row: Board Treasurer Anthony Cuda, Vice Chair Max Eng, Robert Hughes and Zane Braund. Newly elected board members Robert Hughes, Angie Flowers and Zane Braund, and incumbent board member Anthony Cuda took their oaths of office at the School Board Organizational Meeting held Monday, Jan. 9.

Under the 2012-2015 agreement, approved at the Jan. 23 board meeting, Superintendent Greg Winter will be paid an annual salary of $104,010 for the 2012-2013 school year, $105,050 for the 2013-2014 school year, and $105,576 for the 2014-2015 school year.

The superintendent will also be paid performance compensation stipend for his duties. The compensation will be $11,000 for the 2012-2013 school year, $12,000 for the 2013-2014 school year, and $13,000 for the 2014-2015 school year. Following the superintendent evaluation in December, the school board must specifically state to the superintendent areas that he is not meeting or exceeding in his evaluation. This performance compensation stipend will be re-evaluated during each contract negotiation process.

School Improvement Plan

A pilot group of high school teachers are receiving iPad training as part of the SIG program. The teachers are being trained in the use of iPads and their applications for the classroom. Eventually, all teachers will receive this training.

High school teachers are continuing to participate in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), which are aimed to improve classroom instruction, thereby improving student achievement.

Teachers have videotaped themselves in the classroom to use in peer coaching and for self-evaluation. Some teachers have taped multiple lessons, High School Principal Justin Sawyer said.

As part of the approval process for this year’s School Improvement Grant  (SIG) plan, a stipulation was added by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to the application approved last September. That stipulation required a review and a rewrite of portions of the grant application for the remainder of this school year.

The review was completed on Dec. 8, 2011, and a rewrite of some portions of the application has been completed and approved by MDE. The approved plan will carry through until June 30, 2012.

Another review of the present plan will take place likely in June, and additional rewrites may be necessary, according to Office of Turnaround Schools Officer Mike Thompson.

In other action, the board:

• Members of the Braham Area School Board ratified the 2011-2013 Teachers’ Master Agreement at the meeting. The teachers’ groups have voted to ratify the contract.

• Passed a resolution directing the superintendent and administration to review revenue and make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions as a result of the financial condition of the school district and reduction in student enrollment.

• Accepted the hiring of Travis Turgen as 7-12 health and physical education teacher, Lori Lemieux as fourth grade teacher, Laura Hughes as BASK Coordinator (a paraprofessional position), Ellen McKinney as BASK Assistant, Penny Hagfors as BASK Assistant and Mellissa Bacon as food service helper/sever.