Plymouth School Board nixes teacher raises

by Dave Cary Review Correspondent

PLYMOUTH – In a brief meeting Tuesday evening, the School Board voted to put into effect the district’s final offer for the 2014-15 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Plymouth Education Association, with whom it could not resolve differences over base compensation.

Theofferincludesa0percentacross-the-board increase in base wages for all bargaining members.

The amount that had been budgeted earlier for salary increases – some 2.07 percent of total compensation – is separate and has been distributed as supplemental/discretionary compensation for teachers according to the district’s career and compensation model.

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The board approved Superintendent Carrie Dassow’s contract for two years beginning July 1. The contract contains a number of updates from her original agreement.

Theboardapproveda2percentsalarypoolincrease ($24,043) to be distributed at the discretion of the superintendent in line with the district’s Administrative Career and Compensation model.

The board approved a 100 percent contract for Andy Novak to be the associate principal of Plymouth High School starting July 1.

Novak received his bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in chemistry and human development and is licensed to teach special education and alternative education. He has a master’s degree from Marian University in educational administration where he also obtained his principal’s license. He has taught at Green Bay Southwest since 2005.

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In other personnel matters, the board accepted the following resignations:

• Candi O’Brien, Riverview special education teacher, effective at the end of the 2013-14 school year. O’Brien has been with the district for five years.

• Ray Wolf, district school psychologist, effective at the end of the 2013-14 school year. Wolf has been with the district for 13 years.

• Lindsay Bakke, elementary guidance counselor, effective at the end of the 2013-14 school year. Bakke has been with the district three years.

The board also approved the retirement of Joanna Tripp, Riverview seventh- and eighth-grade teacher, who has been with the district 24 years.

The board approved two teaching contracts:

• A 100 percent contract for Brittany Hoffmann to teach special education at Riverview beginning with the 2014-15 school year. Hoffmann received her bachelor’s from Cardinal Stritch University in the areas of special and early childhood education, has filled three long-term substitute openings in the West Bend schools and has been a long-term substitute at Riverview since last March.

• A 100 percent contract for Meredith Herrera to teach math at Plymouth High School beginning with the 2014-15 school year. Herrera graduated from UW-M with a bachelor’s in mathematics and marketing and finance, and went back to obtain licenses for teaching mathematics and English as a second language. She also obtained a master’s degree in mathematics and curriculum and instruction. She has two years’ teaching with the Oostburg school district.

The board learned that Diane Krahn, special education teachers’ aide at Riverview, will retire at the end of the 1013-14 school year after being with the district 24 years.

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The board also accepted the following gifts:

• $858.75 from Kohl’s Cares for foreign language field trips;

• $60.26 from Horizon PATH for student transportation on field trips;

• $400 from the Kohler Foundation for the Riverview Library; and

• $2,500 from the Kohler Foundation for the PHS Art Department.

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In his monthly report, board President Bob St. Clair announced that the starting times of the July and August School Board meetings has been advanced to 5:30 p.m., not 7 p.m.

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